Nathan Cleary could end up being coached by his father at the Wests Tigers. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty
Nathan Cleary could end up being coached by his father at the Wests Tigers. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty

‘Luke knows the story’: Ivan Cleary wants Nathan at Tigers

WESTS Tigers coach Ivan Cleary admits his desire to bring son Nathan to Concord is real, as speculation begins to swirl about Luke Brooks' future.

The Tigers have a big decision to make over the next four months as they attempt to lure Penrith and NSW playmaker Nathan to the club in 2020 with No.7 Brooks off contract at the same time.

Under NRL rules, both will be able to field offers from rival clubs from November 1.

Nathan has said he will sort out his future in the off- season, but has made clear his desire to work with his father at some point in his career.

"It's just another recruitment option," Ivan said.

Pushed on whether he would like to team up with his son at the Tigers, Ivan said: "Yes."

It puts Ivan in an awkward position - he has previously told Brooks to own the side, and the Tigers local junior has responded by turning in the best season of his career.

It remains to be seen whether the Tigers can accommodate both Cleary and Brooks in the same side.

Nathan Cleary in action for the Panthers.
Nathan Cleary in action for the Panthers.

Both are organising playmakers and are arguably too similar.

Asked whether his son and Brooks could play together as a six and seven combination, Ivan said: "Who knows?"

Brooks has stated he wants to sort out his future sooner rather than later,  and Ivan denies there is any lingering tension.

"I think Luke is doing really well this year," Ivan said.

"I think he's developing nicely as a player. He's a good person, he loves the club and that's really important. He's doing a great job at the moment.

"He knows exactly what the story is.

"Rugby league in terms of retention and recruitment, it's an ongoing circus really. Every day there is a discussion and it's just how we roll."