It has nearly been a year since the Parramatta Eels told Nathan Brown that he was free to negotiate with rival clubs.
Parramatta no longer has the forward in their plans, but it seems that the Sydney Roosters do, as reports have emerged that they have signed Brown on a one-year deal.
The Roosters are also believed to have secured Newcastle Knights winger Dominic Young’s services from 2024. They are in talks with Spencer Leniu, who the Penrith Panthers have recently confirmed will be leaving the club at the end of this season.
All of this signing speculation around the Roosters has led to former Queensland State of Origin representative and Australian International Gordon Tallis questioning the tricolours’ salary cap situation and he had more to say today on Triple M when the news that they had signed Brown broke.
“Did they [the Roosters] sign another one,” Tallis said.
“They didn’t, you’re geeing me up.
“They have signed another player.
“Because of the culture? He wants to play Roosters football?
“So he is going there? And they just have enough money?”
"You’re geeing up?" 😂
The Roosters are set to sign Nathan Brown from the Eels… and Gordie is lost for words! 😆 pic.twitter.com/F2bSaMgG2g
— Triple M NRL (@TripleM_NRL) March 12, 2023
Fox Sports reporter James Hooper then responded to Tallis.
“They have signed Nathan Brown from Parramatta,” Hooper said.
“It is a one-year arrangement.
“I’m sure the Eels are chipping because he is on good money.”
As the deal is believed to be taking effect immediately, an official announcement from the Roosters can be expected at any moment.
Brown has not even been selected as the 18th man for the Eels in their opening two games of the season despite Ryan Matterson being out through suspension.
The 30-year-old would have been able to fill in for Matterson, but the club instead decided to allow new signing J’Maine Hopgood who is receiving great praise and someone that many people believe will make his Origin debut for the Maroons this year.
Roosters lock Victor Radley has been injury prone throughout his career and missed his side’s victory over the New Zealand Warriors on Saturday after sustaining a head knock in round one against The Dolphins.
Brown could prove a handy replacement if Radley’s trouble with head knocks continues.