NRL 2020: Phil Gould calls for NRL season ban for Nathan Cleary

Nathan Cleary.
Nathan Cleary. Photo credit: Getty

Ex-Panthers boss Phil Gould has added Nathan Cleary to his list of players to be banned for breaking social-distancing laws.

The NRL is investigating further, after it was forwarded images of Cleary sharing a couch with five women on Anzac Day.

On Monday, Gould called for South Sydney's Latrell Mitchell and Melbourne's Josh Addo-Carr  to be banned, when they were caught and fined by New South Wales Police for violating social-distancing laws.

He made no exception for Penrith's halfback, a player he'd helped develop since he was 18-years-old.

"No excuse, serious breach... for mine, blanket penalties should apply," Gould has tweeted.

"What I do know is that the more instances made public, the less likely it will be that Govt will permit a restart of competition.

"The players were warned. They were given strict guidelines.

"They have caused a huge issue for the code, huge ramifications for their future careers."

In the images broadcast by Nine, Cleary is seen sitting on a couch alongside the women, with one laying across him.

The star NSW halfback reportedly contacted Panthers teammates and club officials to apologise.

Nine says Clearly claimed the women were friends who had come to his house briefly, before departing.

NSW government rules implemented during the coronavirus pandemic have restricted house visits.

Cleary is Penrith's biggest-name player and was last year re-signed by Gould on a multi-million dollar deal through until the 2024 season.