Nathan Brown’s move to the Wests Tigers is all but confirmed following recent events.
During last season the Parramatta Eels told the forward that he was free to negotiate with rival clubs for an immediate move despite being contracted to the Eels until the end of 2023.
Then in a recent interview with The Daily Telegraph’s Brent Read Brown revealed that he would be open to a move back to the Wests Tigers after rumours circulated linking him to the club.
With the forward keen on the move and a greenlight from Parramatta the ball was then in the Tigers court to get the deal done and it seems they have.
Phil “Buzz” Rothfield has reported in an article for The Sunday Telegraph that a meeting between Brown and the Tigers has indeed taken place.
“Tim Sheens has secretly met Parramatta Eels forward Nathan Brown as he looks to further strengthen Wests Tigers’ pack,” said Rothfield.
“The pair were spotted having a coffee at Bar Biscotti in Strathfield on Wednesday.
“He was not used by coach Brad Arthur at the back end of the season until finally getting a start in the 17-man grand final squad.”
— Telegraph Sport (@telegraph_sport) November 26, 2022
David Klemmer has recently joined the Tigers in a move that saw halfback Jackson Hastings go in the other way to the Newcastle Knights.
While the move has strengthened the Tigers forward pack Klemmer and Joe Ofahengaue are the only two players in the squad with a wealth of experience in the NRL, something that Brown can certainly help out with.
Isaiah Papalii and premiership winner Apisai Koroisau will also be joining the club in 2023.
The question then becomes who starts at lock for the Tigers as Ofahengaue had a career resurrecting season in the role last season but can also play at prop.
However, Brown when started for the Eels in 2022 it was at lock although he can also play at prop.
It is believed though that Tigers head coach Tim Sheens is looking to bring Brown to the club as their starting lock which means Ofahengaue would move to the front row permanently.