Nathan Cleary has laughed off reports he and his dad Ivan are heading to Brisbane. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images
Nathan Cleary has laughed off reports he and his dad Ivan are heading to Brisbane. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

‘I owe the Panthers a lot’: Cleary addresses Broncos link

NATHAN Cleary admitted on Friday his desire to be coached by dad Ivan was very real, after the pair was linked to Brisbane as a playmaker-coach package deal.

In NSW Origin camp, Nathan laughed off a report that he and Wests Tigers coach Ivan were packing their bags for the glamour Queensland NRL club.

The 20-year-old NSW playmaker is off contract with Penrith at the end of next year and will be able to field offers from rival clubs from November 1.

Ivan is contracted with the Wests Tigers until the end of 2020.

The Broncos have reportedly sounded out the pair as the club looks ahead to life after super coach Wayne Bennett, who is contemplating retirement at the end of next year.

As well, Nathan could prove the solution to the Broncos' playmaking conundrum, with Anthony Milford failing to consistently deliver on his marquee pay packet.

Nathan denied any knowledge of the move but said he wanted to team up with his father at some point.

"We've bounced off each other and come to the conclusion that we would like to do it in the future, it would be nice," Nathan said.

"We've both said it has to be at the right time and at the right place, who knows when that will be? A year is a long time in footy, a week is a long time in footy.

"We'll just have to wait 'til the end of the year and I can make my decision then."

Cleary said he owed a debt of gratitude to the Panthers and that would weigh on his mind come contract time.

"I owe the Panthers a lot," he said.

"They've been really good to me and I've been really grateful for them for taking a chance on me as an 18-year-old to debut me, I'll be forever grateful for that.

"I've just got to keep working hard and I've still got a long way to go this year. Hopefully we can go deep into the finals."

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