Watch Cleary in 2018: Grif­fin

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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.

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