Ex-St Helens and Huddersfield head coach Nathan Brown finds surprising new role

Former St Helens, Huddersfield Giants and New Zealand Warriors head coach Nathan Brown has found a surprising new role.

The Parramatta Eels have engaged former NRL player and head coach Brown to lead a review into its Elite Pathways program.

The club remains focused on continuing to increase the number of local juniors in our NRL squad in line with its development club philosophy.

Parramatta Eels General Manager of Football Mark O’Neill said that the review is looking at how the Eels can offer the best Elite Pathways program available so that our local talent has the best opportunity to progress through to NRL level.

“Nathan has a wealth of experience both as an NRL player and Head Coach at every level within the game. Importantly, Nathan has been exposed to many pathways programs and is highly passionate about this space.

“Through his involvement, Nathan will be able to give us an informed view of where our programs are at and what opportunities there will be to make improvements in line with best practice.

Brown is highly revered in Super League from his time spent at both St Helens and Huddersfield Giants.

The Australian first made the move to UK shores ahead of the 2009 season, with Huddersfield the target. And, in his first season, Brown guided the West Yorkshire club to a Challenge Cup Final.

His great work at the John Smith’s Stadium earned him a big move to St Helens with whom he coached to a Super League Grand Final win in 2014.

Brown departed the UK at the end of that year, taking up a job at the Newcastle Knights.

However, with just a 26% win percentage, Brown was shown the door by the Knights and subsequently took over at the New Zealand Warriors where he has been met with a serious number of challenges not least the Covid-19 pandemic which forced his New Zealand-based side to relocate to Australia in a bubble for months on end.

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