Manly's bold call on 'cult hero' amid career revival

Manly's bold call on 'cult hero' amid career revival

Nathan Brown’s form to start the season has earned him a fresh two-year contract at the Sea Eagles, keeping him at the club until the end of 2026.

The experienced front-rower, who appeared to be facing an uncertain future in the NRL last year, has become an integral part of the Manly squad this season.

Brown’s aggressive back-fence carries and no-nonsense approach has helped the side to some important victories, placing them in the mix for a top-eight spot.

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The 31-year-old former NSW Blues representative was off-contract at the end of the year but Manly officials have moved quickly to ensure he remains a long-term fixture.

Nathan Brown in action for the Sea Eagles in 2024.  Getty

In a statement released on Wednesday afternoon, head coach Anthony Seibold praised the prop and labelled him as a “cult hero” among the club’s diehard supporters.

“We are very happy now to extend Nathan for another two years which is a great reward for his performances off the bench this season,” he said.

“The biggest thing I can say about Nathan is that in a really short time here, he has become a bit of a cult hero at Manly because people like the way he plays.

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“Nathan plays with plenty of intent and he cares about the team he plays in. We love having him here. I find Nathan really easy to coach.

“You give him a job and he goes after it. I really enjoy coaching him.”

Nathan Brown gets into a scuffle with Mitch Kenny in round 14.  Getty

After a mixed start to his NRL journey with the Tigers and Rabbitohs, Brown joined Parramatta in 2017 and became a staple of the side’s success in over 100 games.

Brown moved to the Roosters last year, but managed just 10 games before being thrown a lifeline by the Sea Eagles and reviving his career.

Along with his two appearances at State of Origin level, Brown has also represented Italy on six occasions, including at the 2022 World Cup.

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