Penrith Panthers star Nathan Cleary lands huge shock deal

Penrith Panthers superstar Nathan Cleary has launched a major move to enhance his post-playing career.

Cleary has been the lynchpin at the heart of the Panthers’ recent success, orchestrating a superb display to overcome South Sydney Rabbitohs in the Grand Final back in 2021.

Son of head coach Ivan, Nathan has excelled at State of Origin level for the New South Wales Blues also with calls for an Australia shirt ramping up.

Now he has teamed up with beer company Drink West – a company launched by Tai Tuivasa and Tyson Pedro, two MMA champions from Down Under.

“We opened a restaurant,” Pedro told the Daily Telegraph. “Sold nothing but Drink West and chicken wings.

“Because what goes better with beer than wings?

“Yet even after a few weeks, I can still remember thinking ‘how the f … will we move all this’.”

Though they started out of a car boot, the Drink West trio are now in the process of building a $1.5 million brewery within 3km of Panthers Stadium.

Cleary himself owns a 10% stake in Drink West and is proud of where they have all come from.

“One of the things I’ve enjoyed most (about Penrith’s ongoing success) is being around those boys from Mt Druitt,” Cleary said.

“To see them not only becoming successful, but role models for their community — and guys who are now giving back to their communities — it’s really cool.

“Same with Tai and Tyson.

“They have a real pride in western Sydney, are always repping the area.

“And I love that.

“I’ve been here since I was 14.

“This is my home.

“And I know there aren’t too many places like what we’ve got out here.

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