CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 08: Nathan Cleary of the Panthers celebrates kicking a field goal to win the round 14 NRL match between the Canberra Raiders and the Penrith Panthers at GIO Stadium on June 8, 2018 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Penrith are keen to secure the future of star halfback Nathan Cleary, after recently tying up Reagan Campbell-Gillard on a long-term deal.

Campbell-Gillard signed a six-year deal earlier in the week, and the Panthers have now turned their attentions to the Origin half, given clubs can begin negotiating with Cleary as early as November 1.

The 20-year-old is currently contracted until the end of the 2019 season, but the Panthers are interested in fast-tracking Cleary’s new deal, and will make that their top priority.

“Obviously that’s something the club is working through and now that there’s a lot of other guys settled here Nathan is one the club will want to work on as well,” coach Anthony Griffin told the media on Friday.

“There’s good stability here and the combination with Jim (James Maloney) now here and at rep level. That gives him some confidence about where the club is heading as well.”

The Wests Tigers loom as a potential destination for Cleary if he leaves the Panthers, with father Ivan currently the coach at the joint-venture club.

Cleary has played 48 games for the Panthers since making his debut in round 13, 2016, and has scored 15 tries during his time at the club.

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The young star is set to take the field on Saturday afternoon against the Sea Eagles, although Griffin understands Cleary – along with Maloney and Tyrone Peachey – may all need a break before the finals following their Origin performances.

“The draw is the draw. If someone needs a rest because of injury or we think they’re burnt out … we’ll keep monitoring. But at the moment they’re all pretty good,” Griffin said.

“It’s probably a couple of weeks after Origin where it hits them. Origin will be gone in a week or two and it will be down to business.

“For us as a club that starts after the break – that’s [Saturday]. There is 10 games to go and the level will go up.

“We’ve got to keep building towards that, [Saturday] is really important for us.”

9 COMMENTS

  1. The Roosters need a goal kicker fast. Latrell Mitchell cant even knock them over in front of the posts which cost them victory last night against Melbourne. Last season the Roosters won 10 games by 1-6 points mainly due to having Gordons accurate boot. Cleary can kick them form anywhere. Sign him up Uncle Nick for 10years.😎

      • Don’t doubt it, Nathan has always been open about playing for his father at some stage during his career..

      • I have doubted it. A comment that he made on channel 7 regarding Reagan Campbell-Gillard re-signing about he is glad not to be playing against him, makes me think that Nathan will stay.

  2. The Hook’s going ATM, I think Cleary will be there longer than him. That’s if they want to keep Cleary.

  3. Not the end of the world either way. Very capable halves coming through such as May, Luai, Blore & others.
    Cleary said to his dad that he was very happy at Penrith. So only time will tell if he leaves?
    Sorry Roosters fans! He won’t be going to the Roosters! It will be Panthers of dads Tigers. Amongst the playing group at Penrith, they believe he will stay.

  4. Ivan and Nathan seem much too sensible to add a Coach/Player relationship to their familial one. So a ‘no’ to the Tigers, ATM.
    Suspect Nathan will sign on once more for the Panthers. But, as everybody knows, contracts in the NRL are made to be broken if either party wants out, so dates are just an assumption.

  5. Its between the Roosters,Tigers and Panthers… I do have a feeling that he will come to our club and form a combo with Keary…

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