Important to note that Nathan Cleary only played league for 2 seasons at Mt Albert when he was about 9 and 10. He actually played soccer before going back to Australia and was part of the Sacred Heart College 1st XI. Chances are if he stayed on in NZ he'd still be playing the sport...
Why is our half back playing for the Phoenix would be a total Warriors thing.
It would be interesting to see why he was playing soccer while living in New Zealand. Were all of his mates playing soccer, not happy with the coaching or setup in league, or too small at that age.
I've been watching some training videos of the boxer Vasiliy Lomachenko. He does a lot of cross training. Commentators in his fights used to mention how he'd do dancing. It sounds funny but when your doing dancing, wrestling, soccer, different hand eye co-ordination exercises it builds up a lot of skills, can work off both feet and keep your balance. My kids are wanting to try a lot of sports. It might be expensive for my wallet but it might be good long term. If they listen.