Tigers fans hoping to see Nathan Cleary play for his father may soon get their wish; but perhaps not in the way that they’d hoped.
According to the Western Weekender, the Panthers have already begun pursuing Tigers coach Ivan Cleary, with “sources close to the Tigers” saying that the move is “a legitimate possibility”.
Should the Panthers be successful, it would all but ensure the retention of Nathan, and put a huge dent in the impressive rebuild that Ivan has already begun at Wests.
There’s surely still a long way to go before the Panthers coaching job is settled, but this is indeed how it plays out, it’d be one heck of a story.
Cleary has coached 291 first grade games for the Tigers, Panthers and Warriors, with a 47.1% career winning percentage.