Ivan Cleary


Ivan Cleary is one of the most successful NRL coaches of the modern era. His relentless pursuit of excellence and commitment to nurturing talent has assisted in cementing the ‘Cleary’ name in Australian sporting folklore.

Cleary’s coaching brilliance and leadership has spoken for itself, as the Penrith Panthers have quickly become one of the most dominant forces the NRL has ever seen.

He took back the reins at Penrith in 2019, inheriting a team that grappled with inconsistency, however presented much promise with a talented young core, and strong junior group that would quickly emerge into the first-grade side.

Instilling a culture of discipline, comradery, and accountability, Cleary has created a cohesive unit, that holds a strong community focus, led by his son, Nathan.

Since Cleary’s return to the club, he has posted an impressive 77%-win rate, with Penrith most recently winning their third premiership in a row, a feat that has not been achieved since the 1980’s.

He is signed on with the club until the end of 2027, where he looks to prolong this successful run at the highest level.

The 2020 NRL Coach of the Year has also had stints as the head coach of the Wests Tigers, and the New Zealand Warriors, where he led their side to their second ever, and most recent Grand Final berth in 2011.

Outside of the coach’s box, Ivan has had more playing experience than most, having played 186 NRL matches across a number or teams, including the Manly Sea Eagles, North Sydney Bears, Sydney Roosters and New Zealand Warriors, playing most of his career as a Fullback and Centre. He stands amongst an exclusive group of 56 NRL greats to have reached the 1,000-career point mark, a testament to his skill, and prowess on the field.

A great family man, Ivan and his wife have raised 4 children, Milaya, Nathan, India and Jett.

Cleary has solidified himself as one of the game’s all-time greats and will continue to leave his mark on the Rugby League world in the years to come.

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