MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 06: Nathan Cleary of the Blues is congratulated by his father Ivan Cleary after winning game one of the State Of Origin series between the Queensland Maroons and the New South Wales Blues at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 6, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

The Broncos are looking to sweep up Ivan and Nathan Cleary in a package deal, as reported by The Daily Telegraph’s Dean Ritchie on Triple M’s The Rush Hour with MG on Thursday night.

It would be a major coup for Brisbane, who are are actively looking to find a coaching successor for Wayne Bennett and have struggled to fill the void at halfback left by Ben Hunt.

Bennett and Nathan Cleary both come out of contract at the end of the 2019 NRL season, while Ivan Cleary is contracted at Wests Tigers until the end of 2020.

“There’s been speculation for a few months now that Nathan and Ivan Cleary would go to the Roosters on a package deal after next year,” Ritchie said.

“The latest rumour suggests they could pack up their bags, book a flight together, head straight to the Broncos.

“By that time, Bennett’s gone, and they could be the halfback and coach to take Brisbane into the future.

“Look, it’ll be denied now and it’s a rumour now so I’m not going to categorically say it will happen, but certainly where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”

18 COMMENTS

    • Negative. Nothing was quoted by Nathan, and in the past he has said that he loves the club.

      • Pantard this kid is educated, he isn’t watmough or Willie Mason, as in he isn’t dumb enough to publicly bag his employer.

        In fact he was quoted today saying he will review his options as the end of the year. If his happy at the Pantards no reason to do that as Gould has had an offer on the table for 12 months. It’s clear he wants out.

  1. Just because clubs are approaching him doesn’t mean he’s “desperate” to get out of Penrith. I’m sure if he goes to the open market most clubs would be looking to recruit him reguardless of weather they would come out and say it.

    • Please don’t comment against, that seemed like a rationale comment although just posted and those are frowned upon on this site..
      Only noob comments and slander from now on please

  2. How can he be even linked when no one can approach young Cleary until Nov 1 except Penrith or even his player manager under the so called rules. Wishful thinkin leak to come from Broncos or Cleary’s player manager to up his price more than Penrith may want to pay. Gus will eventually lock up him up long term with 3rd party deals from somewhere.

    • Gus isnt allowed to get involved in third party deals. Its against the rules. Not saying that he wont do it. Just illegal if you get caught. Im sure all clubs take a risk

      • “Just illegal if you get caught. Im sure all clubs take a risk’. That about sums it up I reckon

  3. Nathan Cleary is a quality half, and as a Broncos fan I would have him any day, but why can’t the Broncs find a good half of their own. They have all of Qld to find one. The muppett in charge of recruiting needs a pineapple up their you know what. Whoever let Ash Taylor go should should have their seeing eye dog taken off them. And it seems since Bellyache said no they are getting desperate to sign any coach with a half decent record.

  4. Hopefully this will make Easts pay just that little bit more, That’s where there both going for sure, forget the Nov 1 start of negioations there already sign , sealed delivered, Polites doesn’t play by the rules, infact no one does, Cronk maybe retiring leaves them with heaps of money, not that that has been a problem in the past they know how to get around the cap.

    • Poor old Penso, your hatred towards the Roosters never ends, You should take a couple of blood pressure pills and enjoy life. The Roosters have not already signed the father and son. You believe your own made up stories that much it becomes fact in your mind. Cleary should leave Penrith that’s for sure, Phil Gould seems to be bullying Griffin now like he did to Cleary, the turmoil out in the sticks at Penrith has been brewing for some time, players want out every where. Last season Gould the smoke screen artist was telling everyone that Moylan, Cartwright and Peachey had no problems but they either left or are leaving. Get out Cleary why you can. The place is imploding fast.😎

  5. Panthers back to the bottom (with Parra) if they lose this kid.

    Gould will regret so publicly humiliating Cleary snr when he sacked him. Jnr will plot his moment and then rip the hearts or of all Panthers supporters…

    You’d have to think that all the Roosters players would be in his ear at origin camp…

  6. Although his interview did say he has discussed playing under his dad one day and would like that to happen when the time is right. 2020?. I am pretty sure Ivan wont be recruited back to coach Penrith.

  7. Pantard this kid is educated, he isn’t watmough or Willie Mason, as in he isn’t dumb enough to publicly bag his employer.

    In fact he was quoted today saying he will review his options as the end of the year. If his happy at the Pantards no reason to do that as Gould has had an offer on the table for 12 months. It’s clear he wants out.

  8. Got to say, wrre Penrith wrong not having Cartwright & Moylan there this year? Say what ever you like about Phil Gould, but he’s right to move on any one who doesn’t want to play for the club. Despite my criticism before this season.
    Everyone is jumping ship & turmoil ? Wasn’t RCG leaving?
    Peachey was let go to make way for other local juniors coming through.
    The more I’ve seen of May, the more I think how good he is. Pity for Penrith Peachey has to go, but May can play the same role as Peachey does & deserves the first grade spot.
    Back down the bottom without Cleary? One may argue they looked better with Maloney at halfback. However, If Penrith can keep producing more Luai type players, the future looks bright.
    You see, Penrith actually have a junior system .

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