James Stanley produces powerful performance for Wellington Cowboys in Premiers Challenge

TAKE THEM ON: James Stanley lines up Bathurst Panthers halfback Doug Hewitt during Sunday's clash at Kennard Park. Photo: NICK GUTHRIE
TAKE THEM ON: James Stanley lines up Bathurst Panthers halfback Doug Hewitt during Sunday's clash at Kennard Park. Photo: NICK GUTHRIE

There might still be areas he needs to work on but James Stanley gave the latest indication of his booming potential at Kennard Park on Sunday.

The teenage prop has developed into a powerhouse for the Wellington Cowboys this season and on Sunday in the Premiers Challenge he delivered a typically all-action style performance.

It was the kind of showing which has a number of NRL clubs interested in his services for 2020.

Against a Bathurst Panthers pack considered one of the best in the western area and featuring the likes of Brent and Blake Seager, Jack Siejka and Jake and Jed Betts, Stanley never took a backward step when he came off the bench.

He sent would-be tacklers flying almost every time he took a hit-up and the moment he sent Siejka sprawling on one occasion was hugely popular with the Cowboys fans.

He was also typically brutal in defence but there was still a few moments which resulted in his side being put under pressure.

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There was a couple of loose carries and forced off-loads in his own half while his temper got the better of him when he struck out following a powerful hit from the Panthers' defence midway through the first half.

He spent time in the sin-bin for that hit but it ultimately didn't cost his side as the Cowboys ran out 36-16 winners over the Group 10 powerhouse.

His discipline has been an issue at times but in the recent Group 11 grand final he got things right and played a huge role in his side keeping momentum in the win over Dubbo CYMS.

"He's a talent," coach Justin Toomey-White said, revealing the youngster's busy week leading in to the game.

"He's had three trials [with NRL clubs] down in Sydney. He had a trial yesterday [Saturday] and he's come back and played today.

"We'd love to have him around the club again next year but if he goes on to bigger and better things we'll definitely support him.

"He's a talent and it's freaky to think about a few more years and games under his belt."