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Sport Ivan Cleary: 'I can't believe Nathan is coming back this week, not looking forward to game'

03:20  15 may  2018
03:20  15 may  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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All in the family: Tigers coach Ivan Cleary with son Nathan . I 'm looking forward to getting back playing, and funnily enough it's against the old man. "The second time around [against Ivan ], I 'm kind of looking forward to it. It's a fun week .

Nathan Cleary has declared himself ready to face the Tigers, coached by his father, Ivan , and their star halfback Luke Brooks on Thursday. Hopefully I do. I 'm looking forward to getting back playing, and funnily enough it's against the old man.

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Father vs son in the NRL.

It's an odd situation for Ivan and Nathan Cleary who will go head-to-head this week as the Penrith Panthers take on the Wests Tigers on Thursday night at Panthers Stadium.

The son and player, Nathan, will make his return from a knee injury he sustained against the Bulldogs in round three, and the father and coach, Ivan, doesn't really know how to feel about it.

The man at the helm of the resurgent Wests Tigers has revealed he certainly isn't looking forward to taking on his 20-year-old son, especially with the latter's return from his first serious professional football injury.

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Ivan Cleary and son Nathan (11) in Auckland in 2008. "That was a mistake," Ivan fires back . "Mistake?" the 19-year-old asks. "Mine was the only one undercooked." " I came from a soccer game to play an open weight game of footy. These kids I just couldn' t believe it.

IVAN CLEARY IS UNCOMFORTABLE TAKING ON NATHAN

"Yes (it will be unnerving)," Cleary told NRL360.

"I've only done it once so I can only draw from that experience.

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“It’s good to get Nathan back .” Cleary has been sidelined with a medial ligament strain suffered in the Round 3 clash against Canterbury. Wests Tigers coach Ivan Cleary says Luke Brooks deserves to come under consideration for New South Nathan Cleary looking to return in 8 weeks . 1 week ago.

Ivan Cleary put me in halfway through the season and I grabbed it with both hands. I haven’ t looked back . I was up for the challenge when I made my first-grade debut against the Dragons in round 13. I ’m still taking small steps at this stage, but every week ’s an adventure for me in this game .

"When the draw comes out, you're not really looking forward to that week.

"My wife, Nathan's mother she struggles with it, she doesn't even know where to sit this week.

"We have a bit of fun with it because you've got to.

"Straight away (you go back to being the father after the match finishes)."

WHAT HAPPENED WHEN FATHER AND SON WENT HEAD-TO-HEAD THE FIRST TIME?

Round 22, 2017. The Wests Tigers are struggling through the season with Cleary taking over from Jason Taylor very early on.

The Panthers sat just inside the eight and ended up running away with the victory 28-14, as Nathan starred.

"It's the only game I haven't watched him. Every game he plays I watch him like any other father," Cleary said.

"In that game, you're watching your own team, and then he flashes into the game.

"He had a kick from the sideline, the game stopped and it really occurred to me.

"The ball sailed through, which I knew it would, and it pretty much ensured a Penrith victory.

"On one hand, you're unhappy, but you're happy for him because he's kicked that goal."

DAD ON SON'S EARLIER THAN EXPECTED RETURN FROM INJURY

"I can't believe he's coming back this week," Cleary said.

"The irony is unbelievable.

"When he got injured, I felt awful for him, but I did check the draw and thought we might miss out.

"He's worked extremely hard to get back, and they've got a very good medical staff out there at the Panthers."

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