Parramatta Eels have already lost Isaiah Papali’i and Reed Mahoney for 2023, so with halfback Dylan Brown deliberating over whether or not to take up his option for next season, Eels fans will be hiding behind a rock.
With clubs abroad – both in Super League and Japan rugby union – alerted to his possible availability, Brown’s signature looks certain to be fought over bitterly.
But, it’s a decision which the halfback will make after sitting down with his family.
“It’s personal, like everything,” Brown told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“You can’t rely on the team to make you feel whether you want to stay or not. If I’m contributing, they’re going to want me to stay.
“When it gets to the time, I’ll sit down with my family and my manager and make the right decision. I’m a very independent person, I like to do things on my own accord. But, at the same time, I do like to look at other people’s opinions.
“Whether we like it or not, we all like other people’s opinions, especially my manager. He’s done a lot for me, and same with my family. My family is from New Zealand, and they moved for me. But, for example, if I said let’s go to Japan, they’ll come to Japan.”
Brown was also quick to say that 2022 may be the final year in which the Eels can do some damage in the finals with a merry-go-round set to occur ahead of 2023.
“It’s always in the back of your mind,” Brown continued. “Ice [Papali’i] is new to the team [he made his club debut in round one last season], but he’s already shown what he can do already. He’s a big asset to the team. Reed’s been here for a few more years, but he’s definitely another massive asset.
“But it’s not just for them. Like you said, it’s been a few years now where we’ve been in the second game of the finals, and then we get knocked out.
“Whether or not the boys are leaving, we’re here to play for them, but also for ourselves. As a collective, it’s been frustrating, the last couple of years. It’s about time we go that extra step.”