He’s been the most underrated coach in the game for a decade. Still never gets the credit he deserves for being the only coach to ever get consistency out of the Warriors, getting them to the finals consistently, and getting them to a grand final. Also got the Panthers to a pre lim final despite an horrific injury toll. There had to be more to him leaving Penrith than results, because the last year he was there, they had another horrific injury toll. He must have had a falling out with Gus, because Gus wouldn’t be that stupid. Either way, we’re benefitting. He’s brought success to both clubs he coached prior to us. With an improving roster that will be stronger next year, he’s well on the way to repeating his success with us.
Gus is increasingly out of touch. Mentioned while half asleep after GC game at Campbelltown the team is unfit with little future. Cleary has worked wonders with our goal line defense and 80min competitiveness and showed the problem was more mental.
We have plenty to look forward to apart from recruitment. The development of Aloie and Marsters as well as Twal and Eisenhuth is very impressive in short order its like we signed another 4 decent players at a fraction. Even more impressive is his ability to hone Kevs game and watch him turn opponents back to the inside and improve Nofoalumas positional play in defense mid year.
As much as the cap allows it would be good to keep everyone now that team harmony is good even if some players are marginal. This weekly commitment against top 8 teams leading into the semis with some wins is no panacea. If we play like this next fortnight we win both.
Watching the side tonight hold Easts out repeatedly with good reads shows Cleary has not only won the dressing room but created it. Players are listening because they believe .
And so do I.