NRL legend Billy Slater has responded to Nathan Cleary’s declare that the best of all time title is “one thing I wish to get to” because the halfback goals to win his third premiership in a row.
Chatting with The Sydney Morning Herald, Cleary was cautious when discussing his motivation, declaring his perception that Johnathan Thurston and Andrew Johns are the best however mentioned “it is one thing I would like for myself”.
Slater, who has coached in opposition to Cleary as boss of the Queensland Maroons, did not imagine the Panthers halfback had claims as the best simply but however defined he is on the best way there.
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“I suppose he has the potential to have one of many all time nice resumes in our recreation,” he mentioned on 9’s The Billy Slater podcast.
“Once you discuss concerning the all time greats of our recreation in and round that place, and I feel you have to discuss greats of our recreation within the place that they play as a result of the completely different positions are so completely different … they’ve completely different strengths they usually have completely different weaknesses.”
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The previous Kangaroos, Queensland and Melbourne fullback went on to check Cleary’s recreation to that of Johns, Thurston and Allan Langer, indicating he hasn’t reached these heights but.
“You have a look at Andrew Johns, you have a look at Johnathan Thurston, I feel Nathan Cleary can have the identical resume as these guys when he finishes taking part in, they’re completely different gamers however,” he added.
“I feel Nathan’s much more structured than an Andrew Johns or Johnathan Thurston or Allan Langer, I feel these guys may see the sport just a little bit completely different they usually had a unique instinctive skillset whereas Nathan is in a crew that is so structured and he is so comfy with the gamers round him and he is aware of the place everybody’s going to be.
“He can simply pull the strings and management the sport so it is just a little bit untimely to speak about that however he is actually on the best way to making a resume that’s pretty much as good as plenty of the opposite halfbacks in our recreation.”
At 25 years of age Cleary has already performed in three NRL grand finals, successful two, and has a mortgage on the NSW Blues and Kangaroos jumpers in the meanwhile.
He’s being broadly tipped to guide the Panthers to a fourth successive grand remaining, and probably a 3rd premiership subsequent week.