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Panthers coach Evan Curry has given highly regarded assistant Cameron Ciraldo his blessing to leave the club.

Despite Cleary’s all-clear, Ciraldo will be released at the end of the season and the Bulldogs are widely tipped to retain his services.

Penrith assistant Andrew Webster has signed with the Warriors from next season but Cleary has denied reports Ciraldo has also put pen to paper with the rival club.

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“It’s going to happen one day. (But) I can say for sure that he hasn’t done anything yet.” said Creary.

“I think this is the price of success for us, both the players and the coaches. You have to be happy for them as long as they are not on the sidelines, and I am. It only shows that we are doing something right.”

Cleary was asked in his post-match press conference on Saturday night if the 37-year-old Ciraldo was ready to take over as head coach.

“He’s as ready as he can be. “Some things you’re never ready for, and head coaching might be one of them, but some people are more prepared than others,” Cree said.

He’s definitely ready for this shot, he’s done his time, but if he wants to do another year as an assistant coach, we definitely have a spot here.

Panthers duo Cameron Ciraldo and Evan Cleary. GettySource: Getty Images

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The comments came after Penrith secured their 17th win of the season with a 20-10 win over the Sharks in the grand final.

It marked the Panthers’ ninth straight win – fourth since 2020 – and they have lost just one game this season.

Since 2020, the Premiers have lost just seven times and have won 24 of their 25 games at Penrith.

If the Wests Tigers beat the Cowboys on Sunday afternoon, Penrith will become the first team since the Roosters in 1975 to lead the competition by 10 points.

Penrith Panthers Press Release | 08:23

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