SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 21: Tigers coach Ivan Cleary looks on during the round 19 NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at ANZ Stadium on July 21, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

Penrith haven’t given up in their quest to bring former coach Ivan Cleary back to the club, with the Panthers deep in negotiations with Cleary to sign him on a three-year deal beginning in 2021.

Cleary is currently contracted to the Tigers until the end of the 2020 season, and Fairfax Media understand the Panthers want to lock him down beyond that year.

Penrith superstar Nathan Cleary, Ivan’s son, is reportedly set to sign a long-term contract to remain at the foot of the mountains, which would run out at the end of the 2023 season, which would fit alongside Ivan’s new Penrith contract if he signs on the dotted line.

Both Ivan and Nathan would love to team up at an NRL club during their careers, and the Panthers are doing everything they can to make it happen in Penrith.

If Cleary does decide to sign with Penrith for the 2021 campaign, it’ll certainly make it hard for the Tigers to keep Cleary to his contract, given his long-term commitment to another club.


  1. Desperate move by Gould to use Ivan as bait to get young Cleary to sign, Masterstroke or actions of a desperate man to sign their biggest player, Jury is out on that one at the moment.

    Why would you go back to a job you were sacked from and by the same man who said you weren’t up to it, what has changed, Nathan Cleary is what has changed….

    I hope the hell he leaves after all Gould has done to people at Penrith….

    • Solid assumption you just made. Gus probably released he made a error in getting rid of Ivan in the first place, and now he is attempting to rectify that. Also reports have suggested that Nathan as agreed to terms,

      • Wests should let Ivan go NOW (with some compensation) and sign Michael Maguire. Why would you want a coach who is going to leave in two years anyway?

        Madge would be good for Wests, as he was for Souths. Every coach has a shelf life, just like players do.

        • Honestly, we should just let Ivan go anyways. It’s a messy situation that could’ve been avoided if Panthers/Gould didn’t fire him in the first place … but somehow we’re the ones who are gonna pay for it. Let Ivan go so Nathan can hold one nut while Gould sucks on the other and get Toovey or McGuire.

        • I agree with Chalky, although I don’t think they would need to offer any compensation, and WTN, although I’m not sure I’d use the same analogy WTN.

          I don’t get it, and by that, I understand all the angles, and it’s all about getting Nathan, but the cost (non financial)?
          Nathan – “I’ll only play here if Daddy can coach”.
          Gus – “we’ll get your Daddy for you”.
          Ivan – “I’m coming son” P.S “thanks for getting me a new job”
          Nathan, you don’t think any coach, at any club that’s spending $1mil p.a on you, obviously recognising your talent, can do as good a job as your Daddy?
          Gus, really?
          Ivan, well that’s just embarrassing, surely?

        • eelsalmighty, if Ivan was still coaching the Panthers, then Nathan most likely would not have debuted now. Also it is just pure speculating about his wages. WestTigersNation, sounds like you’re a bit pissed that your club missed out on Nathan. Poor diddums.

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