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