Daine Laurie doesn't need to look far to stoke the fire in his belly before playing his former NRL side next week because he can see them when he opens his front door.
In another world Laurie's home directly opposite Penrith Stadium would be the ideal spot to scoot to and from training, but since his release to the Wests Tigers at the start of the season the location is nothing but a motivator.
Earlier this year the 21-year-old was preparing to spend his last season at the Panthers playing NSW Cup, and was happy to do so, until the Tigers finally got their man a year early.
"That's what I was planning to do when (Penrith) weren't releasing me," Laurie said.
The only trouble was the 12-month lease he'd signed for a place right across the road from Panthers HQ.
"I'm still living in Penrith, I make the trip to Concord but I don't mind it," he continued.
"That's my home, I've been there for five years.
"(Penrith) were saying the whole time they weren't going to release me, which was all right.
"Lucky Paul Momirovski wanted to do a swap so it turned out unreal.
"(Michael Maguire) really wanted me to come over which was awesome, I was going for the Rabbitohs when he was coaching them so to play under him is unreal."
In the 12 games he's played for the Tigers since, the young speedster has been a revelation at fullback including starring in Friday night's 34-18 win over St George Illawarra.
His try in the 29th minute was a special moment for the proud Aboriginal player, who imitated Latrell Mitchell's kangaroo pose in celebration of his culture during Indigenous Round.
Laurie had a lot of family in the stands at Bankwest Stadium, making the occasion even more special
"Yeah, sorry Latrell. I stole it off him but it looked good," he laughed.
"To do (the kangaroos pose), especially on Indigenous Round to show how proud I am of my culture and to get across the line. I basically took my whole family over."
Laurie will now turn his attention to what is directly out his front door as he prepares for Friday night's showdown with Penrith at Leichhardt Oval.
"Obviously (there's a fire in my belly) playing against my mates, I've known them for five years, playing with them since SG Ball and it'll be good to play against them," he said.