Nathan Cleary, Isaah Yeo named co-captains of Penrith

By splitting the roles it will not place too much pressure on Cleary while allowing Yeo to further develop his own leadership skills.

While Cleary is the multi-million dollar face of the club, Yeo is close to inking his own extension that will keep him at the foot of the mountains well beyond this year.

When asked about his son becoming the captain at just 23, Ivan told the Herald: “He wouldn’t be the finished product, that’s for sure. But who is when they first start? He’ll be critical in our leadership, but captaincy wise, I’m not sure what we’ll do. Isaah Yeo is in a good space with his career and in this team. Even ‘Fish’ [James Fisher-Harris] has really stepped up as well in his own way. He might not do the ‘Churchill speech’, but everyone respects him, and he talks a lot on the field.”

Ivan said on Tuesday about the announcement: “When I watched Isaah and Nathan during the first few weeks of this pre-season, they were organically leading those around them.

“It was immediately apparent what was best for our team. It felt like those two had already been appointed. It was just that natural.

“As first-time captains, I think it’s beneficial they can share the burden of extra responsibilities that come with the role.

“Of course neither of them are the finished product but this opportunity will allow them to continue growing as leaders. I know they will do an excellent job for our club.”

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