Tommy Makinson NRL link: Ex-St Helens boss sets the record straight

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Nathan Brown has set the record straight on reports linking 2018 Golden Boot winner Tommy Makinson with Newcastle Knights.


Reports earlier this week suggested that the winger had been in talks with coach Brown - an ex-St Helens boss - about a potential move to
the NRL and were spotted at Knights' HQ.

Those reports, according to the Knights were false.

Brown did, however, catch up with the St Helens star for dinner with Makinson holidaying in Australia post-Super League season.

"My family and Tommy's family have a good relationship from my time back in England," Brown told newcastleknights.com.au.

"We caught up for a catch-up and Tommy has expressed an interest in coming to the NRL and living in Australia.

"He has a number of clubs he's looking at and he asked me for advice. That's pretty much what it was."

So, can we expect to see the 27-year-old running around with the Knights next year?

"He's definitely playing with St Helens next year," Brown said.

"Tommy's desire is to come out at the end of next year.

"He's not off-contract for a couple of years. For any who plays with a club in his own country and is highly talented like Tommy, the English
clubs don't let them go for free.

"There's transfer fees and player swaps. There's a lot of water to go under the bridge in those areas.

"We've just invested quite heavily in the outside backs, so it's not a position at this stage, we're looking at.

"Would we be interested in Tommy if we were looking at those positions? Certainly, he's a terrific player but he's got four or five
clubs already interest in him.

"My advice to him would be to sit down with St Helens and organise something soon.''