Brown to take the reins at Newcastle
Nathan Brown has been given three seasons to restore the Knights to their former NRL glory after officially signing the multi-year deal with the Newcastle club today.
It follows the leaking of Brown's likely appointment last week after the Football Sub-Committee made a recommendation to the Board that Brown be given the top job.
Knights CEO Matt Gidley said there were a number of factors behind Brown being considered the preferred candidate for the head coaching role.
“We were impressed with Nathan’s coaching experience and proven ability to develop talent and teams in the NRL and Super League," he said.
“Nathan’s technical expertise is strong and he has an understanding of Newcastle and the competitive advantages that lie in our region."
This won't be Brown's first taste of top level coaching.
After playing 172 NRL games, Brown coached the St George Illawarra Dragons from 2003 to 2008 before heading to the UK to join the Huddersfield Giants in 2009 and then St Helens in 2013.
The following year Brown coached St Helens to the Super League championship.
He returned to Australia after six years in the English Super League and joined the Melbourne Storm this year as a coaching consultant.
Brown said his time overseas was the perfect lead-in to today's appointment.
“After coaching for six years in England, which was about gaining experience to come back and get a job in the NRL, I am really excited about the opportunity to coach such a great club,” he said.
“The Board members are all successful and enthusiastic about the club doing well, and that gives the rest of the business the best chance of succeeding.
“The people in charge know where the club is at, and know where they want it to be.
“No doubt it is going to be a challenge, and it is one that I am quite experienced at in regards to rebuilding a club. That makes this the ideal time.”
An ongoing role for interim coach and Knights stalwart Danny Buderus will be announced following discussions with Brown, but the Knights stressed he "will remain a key member of the club".