Mansour displays footy skills

THREE strikes and he's out of obscurity.

Talented Panthers winger Josh Mansour has been heaped with praise from those within and outside the club after three classy performances that began with his sizzling first grade debut against the Storm earlier this month.

The 21-year-old wasted no time making his presence felt, scoring a try in the first 13 minutes, and the feedback has been just as swift and impressive.

"Ivan, the coaching staff and team seem happy with my defence and my attack has been pretty good; I've been getting good dominant runs," Mansour said.

"I've loved the way I've been playing and hopefully I can keep doing what I'm doing and finish the year strongly."

Star long-term winger Michael Gordon last week confirmed his departure from the Panthers and Mansour has already been touted as a timely replacement.

Mansour was reluctant to draw a comparison between himself and Gordon but said there was "definitely a lot more still to see" from his bag of footy tricks.

Spectators got a glimpse of his slick form when he crossed for a sensational try in the 69th minute of their loss to the Cowboys — despite the lower half of his body flying over the sideline.

But the highlight of his first three top tier games wasn't the brilliant four-pointer or his initial 80-minute induction.

"I thought it would be the debut but the feeling of the first win over the Dragons, nothing could compare," he said. "I was the happiest guy in the world."

Ahead of his fourth first grade game against the Cowboys on Sunday, Mansour said the most valuable lesson he'd learned so far was to remain strong during adversity.

"If things don't go my way, I've just got to keep my head up and keep pushing forward because it would be my biggest regret if I ever dropped my head — it's the worst thing I can do," he said.

"I'm grateful for where I am and very grateful to be given the opportunity so hopefully I keep playing well and keep my position."

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