CAMPBELLTOWN, NEW SOUTH WALES - AUGUST 11: Wests Tigers NRL coach Ivan Cleary speaks to the media during a press conference at Wests Leagues Club on August 11, 2018 in Campbelltown, Australia. (Photo by Brook Mitchell/Getty Images)

Wests Tigers coach Ivan Cleary has revealed this morning that he is staying at the club, despite ongoing rumours of his departure to the Panthers.

Cleary held a five minute press conference today at Campbelltown Leagues Club, the first time he has spoken publicly since ex-Panthers coach Anthony Griffin’s sacking.

Cleary confirmed he had met with Panthers Penrith chairman David O’Neill, but revealed he was not aware the meeting would have anything to do with his potential return o the club.

“I’ve been very disappointed with the amount of misinformation surrounding myself and my family this week,” Cleary read from his prepared statement.

“I intend to make this statement to clarify my position and following this statement I will not be taking any questions further on this matter.

“When I was approached by the Panthers, initially I had no idea it was about coaching their club.

“I was told at that meeting that the club was looking at the future of the head coaching position. I advised the Panthers of my ongoing contract status with Wests Tigers.

“I subsequently advised the chair and the CEO of Wests Tigers of the discussions I had had with the Panthers.

“I was as surprised as anyone at the announcement of the dismissal of Anthony Griffin.

“I have not received any offer from the Panthers, nor have I asked the Wests Tigers for a release.

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“I am enjoying my contribution at this club. The club is growing nicely, everyone associated with this club should be proud of the direction it’s heading in. I’m privileged to be part of this journey and respect the contract I have with Wests Tigers.

“I respect all of the people and supporters involved with this club and intend to honour this contract.

“It is common knowledge that my son, Nathan and I, have acknowledged our desire to work together at some time. That remains the case.

“Today I’m absolutely focused on our match against the Canberra Raiders and am happy to take questions around that game.”

When officially asked if he was going to remain a Tiger, Cleary replied: “I’m honouring my contract.”

He took no further questions.



  1. Wonder where this leaves Nathan then? I normally don’t believe anything in the media as I have read reports of him last week being all in on a move to the Tigers, then this week being close to resigning on a multi million dollar deal til 2024. But other that good on Ivan! Also in my opinion Ciraldo should be panthers coach going forward or maybe Bennett haha but who knows if he can work with Gould, they do deserve each other after all.

  2. plenty of talk for a ordinary coach , he made 1 grand final @ the worriers & lost , he got sacked from the penrith panthers only average in my books with plenty of hype as if his the best coach & everyone is after him

  3. What a decent bloke, Nathan Cleary should not sign on for the Panthers any further and eventually link up with his honorable down to Earth dad at the Tigers. Excellent stuff from Ivan Cleary. A real man, of his word✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔✔

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