Penrith stars were gagged at Monday’s trophy presentation, with club officials keen to avoid a repeat of the premiers’ antics last year.
Celebrating Sunday’s dramatic 26-24 victory over Brisbane, the players were not handed the microphone and thus prevented from speaking to their adoring fans.
According to News Corp, the club sought to limit the chances of the players getting themselves in the headlines for the wrong reasons.
Last year, Panthers star James Fisher Harris landed himself in hot water after saying ‘Parra are our sons’ following the team’s comfortable victory over the Eels.
Club CEO Matt Cameron took a cheeky pot shot at Fisher Harris’s antics when he addressed their 4,000 fans on Monday.
The Panthers were banned from speaking at their grand final celebration on Monday
4,000 fans turned out to catch a glimpse of their heroes after their grand final triumph
‘James has got laryngitis. James Fisher Harris can’t speak today. He’s woken up this morning with laryngitis so I just want to apologise for that,’ Cameron said.
That remark sent the Penrith supporters into hysterics.
On Monday, the players were presented to their fans one by one, with the biggest cheer reserved for Jarome Luai.
The five-eighth waved to the crowd before showing off his three premiership rings.
Co-captains Nathan Cleary and Isaah Yeo presented the Provan Summons trophy to the crowd, a familiar sight for all associated with the club after winning it for a third consecutive season.
Elsewhere, one Penrith fan was a little worse for wear after the full time whistle, surfing legend Mick Fanning.
The 40-year-old sent social media into a spin following his interview on Channel 9, with some fans claiming he’d drunk ’40 beers’.
‘This is the best thing ever,’ Fanning said.
But players were unable to speak to their fans after last year’s controversial antics
‘This is so amazing. Look at them.’
Asked for his thoughts on Nathan Cleary, Fanning replied: ‘Are you kidding me? He’s the greatest athlete on earth, seriously.
‘I swear to God, greatest athlete on earth. He just went absolutely loony in that last 10 minutes. So good.’