Blake Green says Adam Keighran's training wheels have come off already such was the maturity of his NRL debut performance for the rampant Warriors in Auckland.
Keighran scored a try and knocked over six of seven conversion attempts in the 40-6 rout of Canterbury, easily their biggest round one win.
It silenced those who believed the Warriors had made a crippling mistake by not seeking a high-profile replacement for playmaker Shaun Johnson.
Keighran, 21, grew into the contest, having sat back in the first half while veteran halves partner Green took centre stage.
The debutant finished with two linebreaks and five broken tackles, he also laid on the last try for Peta Hiku.
The halves' workloads levelled out after the break, with Green believing former Penrith reserve grader Keighran had shed all the scrutiny on him in accomplished style.
"I had the young kid next to me so I did my best to make him feel comfortable early on. I probably won't have to do that now," Green said.
"I thought he played his role really well. I've always said he's a good runner of the footy, as you saw when he took his try. He's got good instincts."
Keighran said it had been hard to escape the comparison with club icon Johnson in the lead up.
He never intended to mimic Johnson's mercurial style.
"Shaun Johnson is a step above. You see that in his highlight reel and I can't really compare myself to him at all," Keighran said.
"But I can work on my own game, try to improve from this game and go beyond that."
Keighran said his nerves were best reflected in his goalkicking outcomes.
There were butterflies when he lined up a first attempt, which was shanked.
However, the left-footer found his rhythm in the second and he never looked back.
"I'm seriously stoked, I still don't know what to say," he said.
"I'm so happy to finally get that game, especially getting the win. It makes it even better.
"I've now got my nerves out and I can work on it for next week and improve on those things."