Dubbo's Isaah Yeo backs Peter Wallace to be NRL head coach one day

Dubbo’s Isaah Yeo has paid tribute to outgoing Penrith Panthers captain Peter Wallace after the hooker announced his retirement this week.

The 240-game veteran revealed he played for two years without an anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, but it was a more recent shoulder injury that prompted the decision to retire.

He now moves into Penrith’s coaching ranks.

“It’s just the kind of bloke he is,” Yeo said in a video on the club’s official website.

“A wonderful leader, no nonsense and just gets on with his job.

“He’s done a tremendous job for Penrith and Brisbane and now he’s going to do a tremendous job for us … with the coaching.”

The pair’s relationship had a rocky start, with Yeo copping a “spray” from “the fiery redhead” in only his second NRL game.

“I didn’t run a good line for him and he got jammed I think from the backrower,” Yeo said. “Not an ideal start but I think we’ve improved since then … he’d be one of my closest mates.”

He backed the hooker and former halfback to be a head coach one day.

“He’s respected by all his peers, knows the game of football well … really smart so I think he’d be tremendous,” Yeo said. “We’re excited to have him around.”