MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 31: Nathan Cleary of the Panthers warms up during the round 25 NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Penrith Panthers at AAMI Park on August 31, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Penrith have re-signed halfback Nathan Cleary for another five seasons, after he re-committed to the club until at least the end of the 2024 campaign.

The 20-year-old is now set to play the next six years at the foot of the mountains, after already being contracted for the 2019 season.

“I’m excited to re-sign with the Panthers and commit the next six years of my career to the club,” Cleary told penrithpanthers.com.au.

“There was always going to be speculation but in the end it was an easy decision for me to make.

“This club and this community mean a lot to me. Panthers gave me the opportunity to debut as an 18-year-old and I will always hold that close to my heart.

“I’ve grown up with this team and I couldn’t ask for a better group of players and coaches to work with moving forward.

“I want to become a leader here at the Panthers and I’m determined to help deliver a premiership to Penrith.”

The young star made his Origin debut this season, and along with Penrith teammate James Maloney, led the Blues to their first series win since 2014.

Cleary has played just 58 NRL games since making his debut in Round 13, 2016, and Penrith’s Executive General Manager Phil Gould expressed his delight at Cleary’s re-signing.

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“Today is a very special day in our club’s history,” Panthers Executive General Manager Phil Gould AM said.

“Everyone at Panthers is delighted to know Nathan Cleary has committed to this club until at least the end of the 2024 season.

“This is a significant contract for Nathan but it’s also a major investment by Panthers in its own future as an NRL club, and it’s an important signing for the future of rugby league in Western Sydney.

“Nathan is an outstanding young man and I have no doubt he will be a future captain of this club.

“His best football is still well in front of him and we believe he will be the face of rugby league in this region for many years to come.

“To sign a deal of this significance with a player we have seen develop through our own pathways system, from a young age, is a special moment indeed.”

21 COMMENTS

  1. I’m actually relieved by this, i wasn’t really comfortable with a father / son combination at our club, it could lead to resentment and other issues.
    2019 should be a Marshall/ Brooks halves pairing followed by Reynolds/ Brooks in 2020.

    • Josh Reynolds is getting on in years, he will be 30 next season so he only has a couple of good years left as injury has gotten the better of him these past 2 seasons.

      The Tigers would be better off signing a young bloke after Marshall retires.

  2. I wonder if there is a “you have to get dad as coach” clause in his contract.
    If not their is no reason to pursue Ivan.

  3. Don’t spend your money too fast Nathan, a run of bad games and form will see Gus drop you faster than a brides nightie…you could become the “Brent Sherwin” of Penrith….in Gus we trust hey,!!!!

    • Yeah you’re right, Nathan is better than him. Cherry Evans debuted at 22, Nathan at 18, and he made his NSW debut this year too.

    • Much better LOL come back when hes won a comp well should of been two thats why he was Clive Churchill medalist in 2013 gf. In origin game 3 dce was best on ground. Clearly has had his hand held by Maloney all year. Teams have him figured out

        • That doesn’t make him a better player though does it? Fiftfour_nil is right, like him or not DCE has taken his team to a premiership and won a Clive Churchill Medal. Cleary might become a better player one day, but at the moment he is still living off his potential and DCE is the better player.

        • No it doesn’t, it means that he was given an opportunity earlier than DCE. Based on that logic Ben Ikin was better than both of them as his NRL debut and his Origin debut at 18?

          And you are assuming he will improve, that is not a guarantee. How many times have we seen a young player with massive potential have their career stall for whatever reason.

          Like I said, he might become a better player one day, but at the moment DCE is the better of the two.

        • I have already made my argument, it is not my fault that your comprehension skills are not at the acceptable level.

        • Younger = better? Top argument. What are your thoughts on Ikin then? You conveniently skipped over that. Maybe as it makes your theory look a little silly doesn’t it?

        • You are still missing my point. I am not going to waste my time in debating this with you. I am recovering from a major heart attack, and my recovery is my priority.

        • One last thing, you have chosen to take umbrage over my comment, seriously? This is a opinion based forum, and I was just simply voicing my opinion. Just ignore next time.

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