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Future Focus: O'Sullivan on the up

Dolphins fans are getting a good look at future halfback Sean O’Sullivan and they are liking what they are seeing.

O’Sullivan was again notable for the Panthers last Thursday night, guiding the ladder leaders to another victory without their representative halves Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai.

The 22-year-old, who will join the Dolphins at the end of the season, has now played nine matches for the Panthers this year for seven victories – a very solid stat line when you consider he replaces the Panthers’ best players.

Against the Rabbitohs last week he was again in everything as the Panthers downed the in-form Rabbitohs 26-22.

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O’Sullivan produced a try assist, an off-load and 90 running metres as well as 326 kicking metres in attack.

Importantly he also forced two dropouts on the Rabbitohs, recycling possession for his team.

O’Sullivan now has nine try assists in his nine matches this year, in addition to three linebreaks.

He looks set to play at least the Panthers’ final two preliminary matches, with Cleary not due back from suspension until the first week of the finals next month.

It would be fair to assume O’Sullivan would be a starting half at many other NRL clubs, and his development in season 2022 should excite Dolphins fans for next year.

Sean O’Sullivan v Rabbitohs

326 kicking metres
2 forced dropouts
1 Try assist
1 offload
19 tackles
90 running metres

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