Nathan Brown to leave Newcastle Knights at end of season

Drew Darbyshire

Newcastle Knights coach Nathan Brown will leave the club at the end of the 2019 NRL season.

Brown has coached the Knights on 93 occasions since joining the club ahead of the 2016 season.

And with a focus on a top eight finish to the campaign, Brown and Knights chief executive Philip Gardner feel it’s the right time to part ways.

Gardner said: “Nathan will go down as one of the most important coaches in Knights history.

“When he joined our club ahead of the 2016 season, it was at its lowest ebb. The sheer size and scale of the task he was faced with was monumental. It would have broken a lesser man.

“Put simply, it would be wrong to measure his contribution to the Knights in wins and losses alone.

“Nathan shaped our roster as he did our club. He once again made Newcastle a place that players wanted to not just play in, but play for.”

Brown added: “My main job was to come here and put the club back together.

“It’s been a tough but enjoyable job. I’ve met lots of great people and I feel the club is far better off for me coming here.

“A lot of the heavy lifting has been done and now I’m leaving it to the next group of club leaders to continue the job.

“But it’s important to remember the year is not over and I look forward to finishing the season off strongly and push for a final birth.”

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