Watch Cleary in 2018: Griffin
IN his first full NRL season, Nathan Cleary was compared to Johnathan Thurston and earned an endorsement to be the next NSW halfback from Queensland coach Kevin Walters.
All at the age of 19 and in his second season that might be a tough act to follow.
According to Penrith coach Anthony Griffin, we haven’t seen anything yet. Cleary’s stellar year came to an abrupt halt when Brisbane held out the Panthers 13-6 in their semi-final at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
“I suppose he has risen to a level of consistency so quickly people forget this was his first full season,” Griffin said of his star No.7. “The way he plays and behaves as a 19-year-old is pretty special and he will be much better for this year. He will get a lot out of this year.”
Already without captain Matt Moylan, Cleary tried to assert himself against Brisbane and his job only got harder after halves partner Tyrone May (knee) was lost on the stroke of halftime.