NRL premiership star Nathan Cleary spotted for first time since being dragged into Qld border breach


The premiership party continues for Nathan Cleary a week after he steered the Penrith Panthers to victory in the NRL grand final.

The Clive Churchill Medal winner remains in Queensland with teammates following the Panthers’ thrilling 14-12 win against South Sydney Rabbitohs at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium to claim the club’s third premiership.

The son of Panthers coach Ivan Cleary remains in the headlines after he was dragged into an alleged border breach by three Sydney men who snuck into Queensland for the NRL decider.

Cleary’s sister Indi and his Panthers teammate Tyrone May also sent the rumour mill into overdrive last week with cryptic Instagram posts about each another.

Cleary, 23, was spotted at trendy beachfront restaurant bar Burleigh Pavilion on the Gold Coast on Saturday night, a day after the NRL confirmed he’ll be questioned by the Integrity Unit.

Nathan Cleary was spotted with friends and posing for photos outside the Burleigh Pavilion on the Gold Coast on Saturday night

Nathan Cleary was spotted with friends and posing for photos outside the Burleigh Pavilion on the Gold Coast on Saturday night

Sporting a rock star Drake T-shirt and ripped denim shorts, a carefree Cleary was pictured outside the venue with friends, where he happily posed for photos with fans.

Security staff were also keen to shake hands with the premiership hero.

The following night, Cleary posted Instagram Stories celebrating with his Panthers teammates and Brisbane Lions AFL star Charlie Cameron. 

The NRL has confirmed the NSW Origin halfback will be spoken to by the code’s Integrity Unit over reports three men who allegedly snuck across the border from Sydney were his mates.

The men, aged, 23, 24 and 25 allegedly drove from Sydney into Queensland shortly after 2.30pm last Saturday with incorrect border passes for the grand final the following night.

The trio were allegedly busted after photos on social media showed them partying in the Sunshine State.

Nathan Cleary (pictured) was spotted at Burleigh Pavilion a day after he was dragged into an alleged border breach by three Sydney men. Daily Mail Australia is not suggesting Cleary knew about the alleged border breach.

Nathan Cleary (pictured) was spotted at Burleigh Pavilion a day after he was dragged into an alleged border breach by three Sydney men. Daily Mail Australia is not suggesting Cleary knew about the alleged border breach.

They were eventually fined $4,135 by Queensland Police for breaching Covid-19 health orders.

‘I am extremely disappointed, and I hope it sends a clear message to other people that this is not acceptable,’ health minister Yvette D’Ath told reporters.

‘You know, doesn’t matter what fine we give you, I think the public will judge you for that behaviour.’  

Daily Mail Australia is not suggesting Cleary knew about the alleged border breach.

The rumour mill went into overdrive last week after Indi Cleary, the daughter of Panther coach Ivan and younger sister of teammate Nathan, posted an Instagram photo with Panthers bad boy Tyrone May. 

‘My King,’ she captioned the picture.   

The premiership star, 25, reposted the picture of himself and Indi, 22, whom he declared as ‘My Queen’.

Security staff at the Burleigh Pavilion were keen to meet and and shake hands with NRL premiership hero Nathan Cleary (right)

Security staff at the Burleigh Pavilion were keen to meet and and shake hands with NRL premiership hero Nathan Cleary (right)

Nathan Cleary (right) continues to celebrate in Queensland

Cleary (right) posted a pic posing with Brisbane Lions AFL star Charlie Cameron (left) on Sunday night

On Sunday, Cleary posted Instagram stories celebrating with his Panthers teammates (left) and Brisbane Lions AFL star Charlie Cameron (right)

Earlier in the week, Indi shared another photo posing with May and the Provan-Summons trophy in the Panthers dressing room following last Sunday night’s grand final win.

‘BFF,’ she captioned the photo.

Indi has also shared photos in recent days celebrating with the partners of her brother’s teammates. 

A Panthers official told the Daily Telegraph she and May aren’t dating and are simply ‘good friends’. 

May sparked more off-field headaches for the Panthers on Friday when he made a racist slur while appearing on Instagram Live with a teammate.

Indi Cleary (right) shared a photo describing her brother's Penrith Panthers teammate Tyrone May (left) as 'my king

Tyrone May (left) shared the photo posted by Indi Cleary, calling her 'my queen'

These cryptic posts fuelled speculation Tyrone May is dating Indi Cleary, the sister of his Penrith Panthers teammate. A club official later denied the rumours, claiming  they’re just friends

A year on from experiencing grand final heartbreak, Cleary was one of the standouts in this year’s NRL decider which saw him awarded the Clive Churchill Medal as the best player on the ground.

He documented the team’s wild post-match celebrations on social media, which ended up on a Sunshine Coast beach the next morning, where they drank beers while watching the sunrise, taking the premiership trophy with them.

The Panthers are now under investigation for major damage allegedly inflicted on the trophy during last week’s post-season celebrations. 

Nathan Cleary (right) has spent the last week celebrating the Panthers premiership win

Nathan Cleary (right) has spent the last week celebrating the Panthers premiership win 



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