Brown dismisses NZ Warriors link

Saints coach Nathan Brown has dismissed talk he is being lined up as the next coach of New Zealand Warriors
Saints coach Nathan Brown has dismissed talk he is being lined up as the next coach of New Zealand Warriors

Nathan Brown says he’s flattered to be tipped to replace New Zealand Warriors sacked coach - but insists he’s going nowhere.

Brown is admired in Australia for his work at Saints and previously with Huddersfield Giants.

His name is being mentioned as a possible replacement for Matthew Elliot, who was fired by the Warriors after their poor start to the NRL season.

However, Brown has insisted that while he would like to return to his native Australia eventually, he has no intention of walking away from his job at Langtree Park.

“I enjoy coaching at St Helens, I’ve got a very good job here and I’m very grateful for that,” Brown said.

“At some stage I’d love to coach in the NRL but the timing is the key for me and the timing’s not right at the moment.

“Every time a coaching job comes up in Australia they throw 20 names out there and I’m one of those names.

“But the only reason my name’s getting mentioned is that the players here are doing a good job.”

Others who have been tipped for the job include Australia’s World Cup-winning coach Tim Sheens, Wigan coach Shane Wane and Gold Coast assistant coach Neil Henry.

Brown enjoyed a successful five-year spell as coach of St George Illawarra in the NRL before moving to Super League.

And his manager George Mimis confirmed the Aussie coach is settled in St Helens.

“Nathan is a career coach who has proven himself to be a wonderful developmental coach along with being a very good man manager,” said Mimis.

“At present he is well ensconced at St Helens but, at the appropriate time, clearly it’s his goal to re-enter the NRL market.”