29 Aug 2013

Panthers extend coach Cleary's contract

7:36 am on 29 August 2013

The Penrith Panthers have extended the contract of coach Ivan Cleary until the end of the 2016 National Rugby League season.

The former Warriors coach joined the Panthers at the start of the 2012 season on a three-year deal and has been rewarded for the club's surprisingly good form this year.

In announcing the decision, the Panthers supremo Phil Gould said Cleary has been an integral part of Penrith's rebuilding process, and he's established a new level of professionalism at the club.

Rated wooden spoon contenders at the start of the season, Penrith can still qualify for the playoffs, although they have to beat Manly and Canterbury.