Panthers Media | 13 April 2022
Penrith Panthers is delighted to announce that coach Ivan Cleary and co-captain Nathan Cleary have both re-signed with the club until the end of the 2027 NRL season.
Ivan Cleary will remain as head coach of the Panthers for at least the next five seasons after committing his future to the club.
The premiership-winning coach was already contracted with Panthers for the 2023 NRL season, but has extended his deal for a further four years.
Nathan Cleary will also remain in Panthers colours until at least the end of the 2027 season after he extended his contract for a further three years, having already been committed to the club for the coming two seasons.
Ivan Cleary, who is the club’s longest serving coach, has been an integral member of the Panthers since first joining Panthers in 2012 for four seasons, before returning to the club in 2019, in which he was able to lead the Panthers to premiership success last season.
Following a successful playing career spanning 11 seasons, Ivan first started coaching in the NRL in 2006, and has gone on to coach 375 first grade games, as well as being named Dally M Coach of the Year on two occasions.
Nathan Cleary extends his playing contract following 122 first grade games for the Panthers, in which he featured in two grand finals and was twice named Dally M Halfback of the Year.
The elite halfback has represented New South Wales in 10 State of Origin matches, and claimed the Clive Churchill Medal for player of the match in Penrith’s 2021 Grand Final victory.
Panthers Group Chairman Peter Graham shared his delight following the re-signings.
“On behalf of all at Penrith Panthers, I’d like to congratulate Ivan and Nathan on their contract extensions and say how pleased we are to have secured them both on long-term deals,” Graham said.
“As a club we’re excited to see the father-and-son duo remain together at Panthers, and we’re delighted to see them re-sign on the same occasion.”
Penrith District Rugby League Football Club CEO Matt Cameron said he was overjoyed to secure the pair’s services at the club long-term.
“Where our club and the NRL team sit at the moment comes down to good governance, disciplined decision making and a great culture,” Cameron said.
"Since returning to the club, Ivan has been able to provide an environment for both players and staff to flourish. His desire to make our club a source of community pride in unquestionable.
"With respect to Nathan, he epitomises what we strand for as a development club and our built from within strategy.
“Having Ivan and Nathan at the club long term futureproofs the Panthers for years to come.”