Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk
Dylan Brown is coming off of what many consider to be the best season of his career in 2022.
He was a key member of the Parramatta Eels side that qualified for its first Grand Final in 13 years and is set to take on Australia in the Rugby League World Cup semi-final this weekend for New Zealand.
Brown will be off-contract at the end of 2023 and is currently free to negotiate with rival clubs.
The 22-year-old is currently one of the game’s hottest commodities and will be rightly demanding a big wage wherever he goes.
There are already rumours surrounding Brown’s future with the New Zealand Warriors and The Dolphins believed to be interested in signing him for 2024.
Kiwis head coach Michael Maguire has also just joined the Canberra Raiders coaching staff and could try to lure Brown to the club.
Channel Nine recently spoke to Brown and asked him to comment on the speculation about his future and the possibility of playing under Wayne Bennett at The Dolphins.
“He is a super coach… but you’ll have to wait and see,” said Brown.
Wayne Bennett openly admits he wants Dylan Brown to move north and join the Dolphins.
Now Brown has responded.
— NRL on Nine (@NRLonNine) November 7, 2022
Yesterday The Dolphins had their first training session as an NRL club and Bennett fronted the media afterwards to give his thoughts on Brown potentially joining the club.
“I saw him play for New Zealand, he played really well,” said Bennett.
“When he comes on the market, if he wants to leave Parramatta we would be interested.”
The Eels certainly have their hands full if they want to hold onto not only Brown but his halves partner Mitchell Moses, who has an option in his favour for 2024 and has already been linked to a move back to the Wests Tigers and the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs.
In 2023 they are already losing Reed Mahoney, Isaiah Papali’i, Marata Niukore and Ray Stone among others which leaves the Eels without much depth in their forward pack, arguably their strongest area of the team during season 2022.
Unless they can re-sign the big stars that they still have then losing those players will have been for nothing.