Penrith Panthers general manager Phil Gould has refused to confirm or deny the rumours surrounding Ivan Cleary’s move out west.
Appearing on Channel 9’s 100% Footy, Gould was questioned over whether Ivan Cleary could be joining his son Nathan at the Panthers for next season and beyond.
Gould however gave nothing away while his fellow panelists discussed the conspiracy theories.
Neil Breen said listening to Cleary’s post match press conference after the Wests Tigers final game for 2018, he was far from convincing he’ll be staying.
“His answers were unconvincing,” Breen said.
“So if i was a betting man… I’d say he’s going to Penrith. I think he absolutely wants to go there otherwise he just would categorically say, ‘what are you talking about, i’ll sign an extension here at the Wests Tigers and move forward with this job’.
“I think its still on the cards he is going to go to Penrith, and the scenario could be in the off season – what if he signs at Penrith for 2021, the Wests Tigers keep a lame duck coach for two years.”
When asked if Penrith were interested in father Cleary, Gould had this to say.
“You can come up with some conspiracies,” Gus said.
Quick to his own defence, Breen replied to Gould’s comments:
“Well, I’ll tell you what Gus, eventually one of my conspiracies will be right and I’ll be able to say in March next year Gus I was right,” Breen said.
Sharks veteran Paul Gallen was also at the desk, putting his two cents in stating he is always getting mixed signals from Cleary on whether he’ll stay at Wests or go.
“I think the biggest thing for Cleary is he’s come out and said I intend to stay and he didn’t really answer too many questions around it, so it’s very legal type and didn’t seem to be that invested in it,” Gallen said.