Former Super League halfback Kevin Brown has given his honest assessment of one Championship club after spending a period of time at the club.
Brown, who retired at the end of the 2021 Super League season after enjoying spells at Wigan, Huddersfield, Widnes, Warrington and Salford, visited the Newcastle Thunder – and was impressed to say the least.
The 37-year-old knows both Thunder’s head coach, Eamon O’Carroll, and director of rugby, Denis Betts, from his time at Wigan and Widnes and spoke highly of the set-up in the north east.
“I go back a long way with Denis and Eamon, so they asked me to come up and have a chat, help out and have a chat with the half-backs,” Brown said on Newcastle’s YouTube channel,
“It’s been really good, I’ve been impressed with the facilities and the quality of the squad.
“I knew it would be professional, with the lads that are here. But in terms of how they are looked after here, in terms of food, preparation, nutrition, it is as good as a Super League setup.
“That’s what blew me away more than anything. I was expecting a dip in terms of professionalism, but there was nothing. It was fantastic.
“The way the lads have ripped in, and how close they are, has been really impressive to look over.”