Nathan Cleary commits long-term future to Penrith

Drew Darbyshire

Nathan Cleary has signed a new five-year contract extension with Penrith Panthers.

The new deal will see the 20-year-old remain with the club until at least the end of the 2024 season.

Cleary made his NRL debut in 2016 and has already made over 50 first-grade appearances.

On his new deal, the New South Wales star said: “I’m excited to re-sign with the Panthers and commit the next six years of my career to the club.

“There was always going to be speculation but in the end, it was an easy decision for me to make.

“This club and this community mean a lot to me. Panthers gave me the opportunity to debut as an 18-year-old and I will always hold that close to my heart.

“I’ve grown up with this team and I couldn’t ask for a better group of players and coaches to work with moving forward.

“I want to become a leader here at the Panthers and I’m determined to help deliver a premiership to Penrith.”

Cleary played in all three State of Origin games this year, helping the Blues win the series.