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NRL news: Nathan Cleary’s telling reveal as Trent Barrett receives high-profile support to continue career

NRL news: Nathan Cleary’s telling reveal as Trent Barrett receives high-profile support to continue career

Nice guys finish last. In Trent Barrett’s case, sometimes literally. The 46-year-old finds himself on the outer after missing out on the Parramatta coaching job, with Jason Ryles the preferred candidate.

Barrett put together an impressive and detailed pitch to the Eels board and received a heavy PR push fronted by the club’s two leading players, Mitchell Moses and Clint Gutherson. He’s kept the Eels competitive under trying circumstances since taking over from Brad Arthur. It still wasn’t enough.

Barrett’s head coaching journey will stop – for now at least – following three stints at three different clubs with varying success. He guided Manly to the finals in 2017 but is most remembered for supplying his own furniture for the players’ common room.

Nathan Cleary and Trent Barrett.

Nathan Cleary has previously praised Trent Barrett for the work he did at the Panthers. Image: Getty

Two of his three seasons ended with bottom four finishes. Penrith took him back as an assistant in 2020 to underpin the club’s attack. He…

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