With his team’s season officially done, Wests Tigers coach Ivan Cleary has reiterated that he will be at Concord Oval In 2019.
After falling to the Rabbitohs on Thursday night 51-10, Cleary was asked post-match if he would definitely remain at the club next season.
“I have a contract here and I’ve said all that I’ve needed to say,” Cleary told NRL Media.
“I get [that] people want to discuss it. I get that there’s an agenda about various things outside the game.”
The Tigers mentor mentioned that he has ‘made his position clear’, following whispers that he would abandon the Wests at season’s end to join his son, Nathan, at Penrith.
Cleary was not willing to discuss the potential of reports to reemerge once his son officially hits the open market.
“I don’t know. That’s speculation and I can’t deal in that. I just deal with what I’ve got in front of me and that’s what I do.”
He added that he was focused on improving the Tigers and building off the foundations laid at the start of the 2018 season.
“We started the year to build a foundation for the future and at first we got some good, hard wins over fancied teams,” Cleary said.
“… But we became scrappers throughout the year. Defensively I thought we made some real strides in that area. We got 12 wins – the most since 2011 – but obviously we’re not there yet,” he said.