I am not sure how to tell you this, dad …

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NRL - MICHAEL CARAYANNIS

NATHAN Cleary was too em­bar­rassed to tell his dad, Ivan, that he had been se­lected in the Blues team.

Ivan had al­ready been in­formed by Blues ad­viser Greg Alexan­der that Nathan had won the race for the No. 7 jer­sey. But Nathan was less than forth­com­ing with the in­for­ma­tion.

“He didn’t ac­tu­ally tell us,” Ivan said. “I had to ask him. I got a text from Brandy (Alexan­der) let­ting me know he had spo­ken with Nathan.

“I was wait­ing for him to give us the news.

“I don’t think he ac­tu­ally knew how to say it.

“We ended up hav­ing to ask him to get it out of him.

“He was re­ally hum­ble. He is a hum­ble kid and try­ing to take it all in. As a 20-year-old kid, a dream come true.

“It wasn’t long ago that he was sit­ting there watching Ori­gin games as a lit­tle kid.

“Big mo­ment for him. I’m sure he will do well.”

Ivan joined Nathan briefly in camp on Fri­day as part of Brad Fit­tler’s fam­ily lunch where he in­vited all the fam­ily mem­bers of play­ers and staff.

Nathan then re­turned to the fam­ily home where Ivan said he seemed re­laxed.

“It’s been a whirl­wind week,” Cleary told ABC Grand­stand yes­ter­day.

“He is very ex­cited and happy how the week has gone. Con­fi­dent and com­fort­able in how they are go­ing to play.”

Two weeks ago Ivan watched on as his son re­turned from in­jury to gain brag­ging rights when Pen­rith beat the Tigers. He will be in the crowd on Wed­nes­day night.

“I said to him I thought that game against the Tigers that he came of age,” he said.

Nathan Cleary.

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