Former England international half-back Kevin Brown has praised the professionalism of Championship side Newcastle during a recent visit.
Brown announced his retirement from the game at the end of the season. He previously played for Wigan, Huddersfield, Widnes, Warrington and Salford across an 18-year career.
He has connections with Director of Rugby Dennis Betts, who was part of the Wigan coaching staff when he was coming through. Betts also signed Brown for Widnes in 2013.
The 37-year-old also played with Head Coach Eamon O’Carroll at both Wigan and Widnes.
In an interview with the club’s YouTube channel, Brown said of Newcastle: “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.
“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.”
Brown impressed with Newcastle half-backs
Brown had been working closely with the half-backs at Newcastle, and said he was impressed with what he saw.
He had particular praise for newly-appointed captain Josh Woods, saying he would be a “fantastic player”.
Brown added: “Woodsy is a great leader for this team, and he will be a fantastic player. Unfortunately Jake didn’t get much time on the field because of his injury. Connor Bailey has done really well as well.
“I am fully impressed with everyone out there. It has been a great two days.”
He also said he would be happy to come and help out again if it is required.