1. Ivan Cleary
Did he hop off the bus and step into oncoming traffic?
He has a decent looking team on his hands, he’s stepped into a ready made side that is a genuine contender which is unfamiliar territory for Ivan and expectations are now high at the foot of the mountain. Anything less than finishing firmly inside the top eight will be a failure for Ivan and the Panthers.
Will the father-son thing work?
I feel the Panthers are expecting results quickly after what went down with Hook last season and if they drop a few games in a row Ivan could really feel the pressure.
If Nathan doesn’t fire also I feel the constant media attention and father-son questions could become a distraction which could add even more pressure.
It will be interesting to see how Nathan’s teammates handle the fact that the Origin playmaker’s daddy is his coach, he could be isolated from any conversation regarding Ivan’s coaching in fear it might get back to Ivan through Nathan, these things could turn into big headaches for Ivan, Nathan and the Panthers if not managed carefully.
Ivan might begin to wish he’d stayed on the bus.