Panthers skipper Nathan Cleary has been labelled a “superstar human” after his selfless acts for a younger fan battling most cancers have been revealed.
A tradesman engaged on ARLC chairman Peter V’landys’ house instructed him that Cleary had been travelling to Bear Cottage in Manly to spend time with Nicola Smith in accordance with the SMH.
Tragically the nine-year-old misplaced her battle with most cancers in current days, and Cleary wore a tribute to her on his boots when Penrith confronted the Sea Eagles in Round 24.
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V’landys praised the Panthers’ marquee star for filling the younger women last days with pleasure, doing so of his personal accord.
He even joked the builder, who’s a diehard Eels fan, may convert his allegiances.
“This is one of many acts of kind-heartedness I hear about Nathan. Not only is he a superstar player but a superstar human being. He may even do the impossible and turn the Parra man to a Panther,” V’landys mentioned.
Cleary instructed the SMH he had met Nicola Smith at a coaching session in 2022, the place he discovered she was going via a “tough time”.
He then defined giving again to the neighborhood was the “best part about what we do” and defined that Nicola was a “soilder”.
“I got to meet the family and I stayed in contact with them. I was lucky enough to see her again earlier this year, and at the time she was defying the odds,” Cleary mentioned.
“They thought her time was going to end sooner than it did, but she was a soldier and kept fighting on.
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“Midway through this year I went out to visit her and she was in palliative care. I was so fortunate to spend time with her beautiful family. She was a big Panthers fan, so she meant a lot to me.”
The news of Cleary’s selfless act comes as an enormous questions has been raised concerning his on-field means — is he within the dialog to be one of the best halfback of all time?
The Daily Telegraph’s Phil Rothfield believes he’s.
“He’s not far off being in the same conversation as Andrew Johns, Johnathan Thurston, Peter Sterling, Ricky Stuart, any of them,” Rothfield mentioned.
“You’re not talking about what he’s done this year, it’s what he’s done already. Three grand finals and one coming up, that’s sustained excellence. He’s doing it every year.”