Those days it was obviously pretty intense. Cleary happily admits when he returned to Penrith "it wasn't what I thought it was going to be". It's a pity we can't fill the stadium [because of COVID-19]. Ivan Cleary explains why he did not enjoy coaching son Nathan last year. He still considers Penrith to be the "little brother" in the family squabble with the Eels. Nathan Cleary's parents, Ivan Cleary and Bec raised him along with his brother Jett and sister Milaya. It's actually helped create who Nathan is today. Parramatta roared out of the blocks, then again when the competition relaunched after the COVID-19 break, but have never really looked the same since they threw absolutely everything at the Roosters and lost. Ivan Cleary explains why he did not enjoy coaching son Nathan last year. "Last year for me personally was a hard year. "The Storm and Roosters have earned the right for people to think that way about them," Cleary says. "I don't like using the word surprised with Nathan because I have a lot of faith in him and I see how hard he works," Ivan says. "Since I've been here, the Parra-Penrith rivalry has been great. Also, he coached the Penrith Panthers. "There was an emotional hangover leaving the Tigers. That decision to pick him when there was pressure to look elsewhere has also played a role in Nathan's fantastic 2020. Geographically they are. The toughest part, he says, was the fact his 22-year-old son became collateral damage. His mother, Bec, was banned from social media back in a few years. People don't remember sides with the second-longest winning streak.". Christian covers rugby league for The Sydney Morning Herald. He respects good judges tipping the star-studded Roosters and Storm to start favourites through October. "Penrith is definitely little brother. Lucky 13? Table-toppers Penrith chase a 13th straight win. "It was certainly different to when I had left," he says. Sports news, results and expert commentary delivered straight to your inbox each weekday. It has been a different story this season, as father and son and their table-topping Penrith Panthers shoot for 13 straight wins on Friday night against bitter rivals Parramatta. Ivan and Nathan Cleary after Nathan's Origin debut in 2018.Credit:NRL Photos. Cleary appreciates the western Sydney derby. In the end it made us both stronger.". I love talking to Brandy [Greg Alexander] about it. As a dad that was difficult for me. His younger brother Jett and sister Milaya were born in New Zealand, but always supported Queensland because of Steve Price, who was playing for [dad] Ivan at the Warriors. His dad, Ivan Cleary was also a rugby player, who played his career from New Zealand Warriors. We still are. I was a Balmain fan and understood the rivalry with Western Suburbs, ironically. That's really cool. He told the Herald last month it was difficult to acknowledge Canterbuy's 17-game streak - the official record - because it was set in 2002 when the club were severely punished for rorting the salary cap. Cleary thanks Penrith legend and NSW coach Brad Fittler for showing tremendous faith in Nathan when it came to Origin last year. Credit: Getty Cleary appreciates the western Sydney derby. Even in families, there will be a Parra fan and a Penrith fan. That put the spotlight on me in a negative way and I thought that translated on to Nathan, which was a burden for me to carry. Last year was very tough," Cleary tells the Herald. Cleary and his new-look coaching team basically spent the year getting Penrith's house in order. Cleary knows there is still a long way to go for the actual Panthers. The battle for bragging rights in the west will revolve heavily around Nathan Cleary, and both senior and junior are excited about the contest - and continuing their successful season. Sign up here. The Penrith coach donated a kidney to his brother in 2017. A sex-tape scandal rocked the club at the start of last year. Nathan Cleary (born 14 November 1997) is an Australian professional rugby league footballer who plays for the Penrith Panthers in the National Rugby League (NRL), as a halfback. A lot of Parramatta fans live out here. Fifteen straight wins remains the record in the modern era when it comes to Cleary. Ivan and Nathan Cleary after Nathan's Origin debut in 2018. Ivan Cleary has been careful to self-isolate as he has elderly parents and also a brother, Ash, with a pre-existing medical condition. Ivan Cleary explains why he did not enjoy coaching son Nathan last year.Credit:Getty. Besides that, Nathan is also a grandson of his late grandfather, Tim Stuart. "When we decided we wanted to work together, we knew things would come up that wouldn't be easy, and we really didn't know what those things were going to be. "I grew up with Manly versus Norths. "But Penrith people are enjoying their team going well at the moment.". "Absolutely I appreciate it," Cleary says of the rivalry. I came here at the end of 2011, I've been here for ten years, I've moved back to the beaches, but I get it, I understand the community, and they always feel like they're the outsiders. "I think all that stuff he went through last year, then the TikTok video this year, it's fuelled him [to improve again]. "We haven't done anything yet. "Queensland always used to win. Unfortunately I feel like I dragged him into that. 'That was difficult': Why Ivan Cleary didn't enjoy coaching his son last year. On the other hand, not much is known about his momma. "This year it's been pleasant working with Nathan, but last year? The Cowboys and Bulldogs await Penrith in the final fortnight before the finals, but first must get past Parramatta. "He's in the high-risk range [for COVID-19], so he's pretty concerned about it and obviously we are," Ivan Cleary … For a large chunk of last year, Ivan Cleary did not enjoy coaching Nathan. "But we were hit in the face with it straight off the bat, which was probably a good thing. The cap situation needed fixing, which included offloading Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Waqa Blake to Friday night's rivals.

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