He might be an immortal the final word praise for Penrith Panthers halfback Nathan Cleary in comparison with Johnathan Thurston by James Tamou

Johnathan Thurston, carried from the field in his last game in Townsville, will go down as one of the greatest players of all time.

Johnathan Thurston, carried from the sphere in his final recreation in Townsville, will go down as one of many biggest gamers of all time.Credit score:NRL Pictures

‘‘Nathan has confirmed it along with his drop targets and his potential to learn the play. It’s nearly like enjoying with JT. He’s almost two steps forward of you and that you must be on the ball. Typically we’re in video periods and he’s telling us the place we have to be, what we’ve got to do. His mind is on one other stage, two steps forward, and that was JT.’’

Cleary turns 23 subsequent month and has arguably achieved greater than Thurston had on the similar age. Cleary has already performed and began in 99 NRL video games, whereas Thurston had solely performed 62 video games earlier than his 23rd birthday (12 off the bench).

Cleary has scored 801 factors, 35 tries and kicked seven area targets, whereas Thurston on the similar age had 206 factors, 22 tries and two area targets. Cleary additionally has two State of Origin collection victories, having gained three of 5 video games for NSW, whereas Thurston had gained simply one in all three video games for Queensland on the similar age.

Thurston holds on to bragging rights within the premiership stakes, having gained a grand closing off the bench for Canterbury in 2004 earlier than dropping the decider in opposition to the Tigers the next 12 months. Sunday’s conflict in opposition to the Storm might be Cleary’s first grand closing look.

‘‘JT’s the perfect participant I ever performed with, however Nathan is high three already,’’ Tamou mentioned. ‘‘By the point he’s completed his profession he in all probability could possibly be up there with JT. They talk about luck of the bounce, however you make your individual luck in rugby league and Nathan does that in each recreation. He may get the bounce of the ball, however he needs to be there to be able to get the ball.

‘‘He’s all the time competing, and that’s one trait JT proved each recreation; he’s a competitor. Nath’s nearly there. He’d in all probability be within the Australian staff this 12 months if there was one.’’

The Panthers put their religion in Cleary after they handed the younger halfback a 5 12 months $5million extension on the finish of 2018. At occasions in 2019 it appeared that religion could have been misplaced, however the membership insists it by no means questioned the choice to take a position so closely in a participant who appears to be like set to gather the Dally M medal on Monday evening.

Nathan Cleary thanks the Panthers supporters after Saturday night's preliminary final victory against South Sydney.

Nathan Cleary thanks the Panthers supporters after Saturday evening’s preliminary closing victory in opposition to South Sydney.Credit score:NRL Pictures

‘‘The funding in Nathan wasn’t an funding in a single 12 months. It was a long-term factor,’’ chairman Dave O’Neill mentioned. ‘‘You is likely to be vital of how Nathan carried out final 12 months, however Nathan was on nicely unders the 2 years earlier than that. You might be as vital as you need nevertheless it balances out ultimately.

‘‘You must bide your time and do your apprenticeship. Having a participant are available in and demand $500,000 or $600,000 in 12 months one will not be good for the participant. It is likely to be good for the supervisor, however not many gamers can deal with that stress.’’


Johnathan Thurston
Video games: 62 (12 bench)
Report: 41 wins, 21 losses (66 per cent)
Factors: 206
Tries: 22
Subject targets: 2
Origins: 1 win, 2 losses
Grand finals: 1 win, 1 loss

Nathan Cleary
Video games: 99*
Report: 61 wins, 38 losses
Factors: 801
Tries: 35
Subject Objectives: 7
Origin: three wins, 2 losses (2 collection wins)
Grand finals: 1*

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Stephen Crichton has been one of Penrith's best players in 2020 and is a strong contender for rookie of the year.

Stephen Crichton has been one in all Penrith’s greatest gamers in 2020 and is a powerful contender for rookie of the 12 months.Credit score:Janie Barrett

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“There’s a Bulldogs emblem on the entrance to the membership’s headquarters at Belmore Oval that spells out our motto – ‘Membership First, Crew Second, Particular person Third’. It’s how folks concerned with this particular membership ought to conduct themselves,” Anderson mentioned.

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