Every game should have a winner
AS debate rages about whether the NRL should scrap golden point extra-time, Penrith five-eighth Travis Burns says critics who say it has become nothing more than a boring field goal shoot out were wide of the mark.
"I like golden point, it's exciting," Burns said.
Questions about the future of the concept have flown thick and fast since Monday night's 14-all draw between the Sharks and Roosters where no less than seven field goal attempts all missed the target.
Some have called for golden point to be scrapped, others for the introduction of a golden try.
But with stats showing just two of the last 24 golden point games had ended in draws, Burns said he didn't see the need for a change.
"Maybe if they brought in golden try, a player from either side could drop off the field every couple of minutes which will open up the game," he said.
But what he wouldn't support, is for teams who lose in extra time to be given a competition point as a consolation.
"What if that team had four or five golden point losses in a row? That wouldn't be fair on the other teams," the former Warwick junior said.
Set to return against West Tigers on Saturday night after two weeks out with a cheekbone injury, Burns will again link with half-back Luke Walsh who is also back after injury.
Speculation this week has linked Penrith with a tilt at Cowboys star Johnathan Thurston.
But Burns, who played alongside Thurston in north Queensland, said he didn't expect to be re-united with his former halves partner anytime soon.
"I enjoyed playing with Thursto a few years ago at the Cowboys, but I can't see it happening," Burns said.
Speculation about the comings and goings at the Panthers has been rife in recent weeks, culminating in Monday's announcement that former captain Luke Lewis would leave the club at the end of the season.
Burns said players had been instructed not to comment on the controversy surrounding Lewis, but he did say losing the former skipper would leave a big void.
At the same time, the 28-year-old threw his full support behind coach Ivan Cleary.
"The players don't know the ins and outs of what happened with Luke, but he'd be a big loss to any team," Burns said. "Ivan hasn't shirked any of the hard toil and the boys have responded to him.
"Having so many injuries hasn't helped us this year."
Burns has one year remaining on his contract and said he would be happy to stay at the western Sydney club beyond that.