Featherstone pulled off a major coup when the acquired the services of NRL halfback Fa’amanu Brown going into this season, but as the club plunges head first into a new era, he won’t be there.
The former Canterbury and Cronulla half was one of the best players in the Championship in 2021 becoming a constant attacking threat for the Rovers as they won the 1895 Cup and came up just short in the Million Pound Game.
An ever-present for Fev this year, he finished with a remarkable points tally of 92 at the end of the season including a deserved Wembley try as the Rovers defeated York to claim the 1895 Cup on a historic day for the club.
He made plenty of great memories in his brief yet blistering time as a Rover, but has now made the difficult decision to go back to Australia despite the arrival of Super League’s most successful coach in the shape of Brian McDermott. Having worked with talented halfbacks like Danny McGuire in the past, McDermott could’ve taken Brown to another level making them massive favourites for promotion in 2022. But personal reasons have dictated his departure back home.
Featherstone Chairman Mark Campbell spoke to the club website today and simply wanted to thank Brown for his tremendous service to the club: “Nu has been a superb ambassador for the Club in our Centenary year, who has given total commitment to the Club during his time here. We would have liked Nu to have stayed in the UK because he is an exciting player and a firm fan favourite, but we absolutely respect his decision and he leaves the Club with our sincere best wishes.”