Kevin Walters ‘dreaming’ of emulating Ivan and Nathan Cleary’s success with son Billy at the Broncos… as Penrith thrash Brisbane 40-12 to maintain unbeaten start to the season
- Ivan and Nathan Cleary won premiership with the Panthers last season
- Duo are only second father-son combination to win NRL Grand Final
- Kevin Walters wants to emulate the success of the Clearys in Brisbane
- Walters was joined in Brisbane by son Billy in the offseason
- Panthers dominated Broncos on Good Friday with 40-12 win
Brisbane Broncos coach Kevin Walters revealed he is desperate to win a premiership with son Billy to emulate the feat Ivan and Nathan Cleary pulled off last season.
The Clearys got their hands on the Provan-Summons Trophy after Penrith defeated South Sydney in the 2021 Grand Final, with Nathan Cleary also claiming the Churchill Medal following the 14-12 win.
Walters admitted replicating that success with Billy is the stuff of dreams for him.
Broncos coach Kevin Walters revealed he dreams of winning the Grand Final with his son Billy
‘I dream every night about it,’ he told NRL.com. ahead of Friday’s night clash against Penrith.
‘It is great for them and they are not the first to do it. Johnny Lang and Martin Lang did it a few years back as well at Penrith [in 2003].
‘I think it is every coach’s dream and every player’s dream to be there on grand final day holding the trophy up.’
Walters was given a timely reminder of how far Brisbane will have to come if he is to achieve his dream, after the Broncos lost 40-12 against the reigning premiers at BlueBet Stadium.
Nathan (left) and Ivan Cleary pulled off the feat when Penrith beat Souths 14-12 in last season’s NRL Grand Final at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane
The duo became only the second father-son combination to win an NRL Grand Final
The game marked only the second time in NRL history a father and son have been on opposing sides as coach and player after Parramatta’s Brad and Jacob Arthur crossed path with the Clearys in Round 25 last season.
The reigning premiers have moved swiftly to secure the Clearys remain with the Panthers for the foreseeable future and earlier this week the father-son combination penned contract extensions until 2027.
The dynamic is different in Brisbane, where Billy Walters is still finding his feet at the Broncos after joining the club with just 12 NRL games under his belt.
By comparison, Nathan Cleary was already Penrith’s starting halfback when his father left the Wests Tigers to take charge of the Panthers back in 2019.
Billy Walters joined the Broncos in the offseason with just 12 NRL games under his belt
The premiership-winning coach, however, was full of praise for how Walters has handled Billy breaking into the first-team in Brisbane.
‘The advantage that I have is that I have never had to worry about whether Nathan gets picked in the team, or not yet anyway.
‘When we decided to do this together that was always going to be part of it. I think it would be a little bit more difficult if there were decisions all the time about whether he is in or he is out because the outside noise […] there would definitely be some around.
‘From the outside looking in Kevvie [Walters] looks like he handling it well, and young Billy is playing well so it looks like that is working well together.’