SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 17: Nathan Brown of the Rabbitohs is tackled short of the try line during the round 15 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium on June 17, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The Parramatta Eels have today announced the signing of former South Sydney Rabbitohs forward Nathan Brown for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Brown joins the Eels after stints at the South Sydney Rabbitohs and West Tigers having played 29 NRL games and achieving representative honours in 2016 through City Origin.

Head Coach Brad Arthur said that the signing of Nathan Brown would bring power and experience to the Eels forward pack in 2017.

“Nathan had a breakthrough year in 2016 with selection in City Origin and was a strong performer in the back half of the season,” Arthur said.

“The good news for us is that Nathan’s best years as an NRL forward are ahead of him and I believe he can provide a strong contribution to the club in 2017 and beyond.”

Nathan Brown joins Siosaia Vave as new signings for the Eels in 2017.

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Parramatta Eels 2017 Player Movements

2017 Gains
Dane Aukafolau (2018), Kirisome Auva'a (South Sydney Rabbitohs, 2018), Nathan Brown (South Sydney Rabbitohs, 2021), Troy Dargan (2018), Nathan Davis (Gold Coast Titans, 2018), Jamal Fogarty (2017), Josh Hoffman (Gold Coast Titans, 2019), George Jennings (Penrith Panthers, 2018), Greg Leleisiuao (2019), Suaia Matagi (Penrith Panthers, 2019), Willis Meehan (2017), Mitchell Moses (Wests Tigers, 2019), Marata Niukore (New Zealand Warriors, 2018), Frank Pritchard (Hull FC, 2017), Jeff Robson (Mid Season: New Zealand Warriors, 2017), Will Smith (Penrith Panthers, 2020), Ray Stone (2018), Siosaia Vave (Manly Sea Eagles, 2018)
2017 Losses
Mitch Cornish (Sydney Roosters), Kieran Foran (New Zealand Warriors), Tyrell Fuimaono (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Michael Gordon (Sydney Roosters), Luke Kelly (South Sydney Rabbitohs), Ryan Morgan (St Helens RLFC), Kieren Moss (Hull Kingston Rovers), Junior Paulo (Canberra Raiders), Nathan Peats (Gold Coast Titans), Vai Toutai (released), Anthony Watmough (retired), Danny Wicks (retired)
Daniel Alvaro (2019), Isaac De Gois (2017), Kenny Edwards (2019), Bureta Faraimo (2019), Bevan French (2019), Clinton Gutherson (2019), James Hasson (2017), Cameron King (2018), Manu Ma'u (2019), Tim Mannah (2019), Jack Morris (2018), Cody Nelson (2017), Corey Norman (2019), Rory O'Brien (2017), Kaysa Pritchard (2018), Jeff Robson (2017), Scott Schulte (2017), Brad Takairangi (2019), Kelepi Tanginoa (2019), Honeti Tuha (2017), Alex Twal (2020), Matthew Woods (2017)
Off Contract 2018
Dane Aukafolau, Nathan Davis, David Gower, Jarryd Hayne, George Jennings, Jack Morris, Kaysa Pritchard, Ray Stone, Peni Terepo, Siosaia Vave
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  1. F..K going to miss him at Souths, but i believe a big mistake on his, part if he wanted to play finals football and a grand final he should have stayed at Souths, Parra are ok, but won’t be that competitive in 2017, still money talks

    • Awesome signing for the eels. If you think they won’t be a force in 2017 you need your head read… and im looking at you Penso

    • Like he enjoyed finals footy with the bunnies this year eh penso.
      Parra should make the finals next year. Souths will be lucky to make the finals next year especially with Robbie “Look At Me” Farrah running the team around on the field getting in the way of your halves. Souths might make the finals but WON’T make the GF.

    • He definitely didn’t hold back and tried hard but… I would rather have Zane Musgrove, Angus Creighton, and some of the other young guns we recently signed (Robert Jennings, Braidon Burns (centres), Tyrell Fuimaono (centre/backrow), Connor Tracey (halves)). Jack Gosiewski went well and will get better with experience and when he fills out and I still have faith Kyle Turner will regain his 2014 form before he was injured (playing with a neck injury must be tough and tucks courage!) It’s all about balancing the salary cap.

  2. i like Parra and hope they go well next year, Farah or no farah Souths will be right up there next year and i hope Brown goes well for you guy’s , i guess i’m a bit pissed that he left.

  3. Unsure about this signing, yes played well in parts for South’s but mostly as a bench player, and Parra already have enough grunt on bench. Anyway, good luck and hope he does well

    • I like it. I agree we have plenty of depth in the forward pack, but put that under the microscope and I think we lacked genuine options for props. I’d start Mannah, Wicks, and Alvaro whenever available, but then, hmmm, we can cover the forth, but not with a high conviction (a no brainier starter), and when we have injuries we start looking weak. Adding Vave, and now Brown, will give us real depth, and some genuine competition for these spots.

      • You make valid points as always. We have plenty of forward depth without actually having a Junior type, which is why I’m not sure about the signing. For me he is pretty much what we already have, and don’t forget we also have Edwards, Terepo, O’Brien and Tanginoa and I’m hoping Twal get some games time next year

        • You make a good point, and it’s becoming a good problem to have (Parra having real depth in the forwards).

          We still need that 1 special (experienced player) signing. If it’s in the forwards it needs to be a hooker or lock with great defence, to help cover the inexperience of Gutho (at 5/8) and French (at FB), or a half or FB, with Gutho or French on the wing.

          BA will sort it.

        • Hooker most definitely! Shouldn’t have lost Peats but then again if Parra’s administration had not let them down they wouldn’t have. Still Hooker is where I would start (and a good young half with a kicking game).

  4. Bad loss bunnies – kid really puts in, would have like to see him hang around for another couple of years… will only get better especially if he can put on a few extra kilos.

    • No idea but I would guess contract upgrades and signing a string of young talent recently probably ate into whatever Souths could offer him. He had more of a go than Glen Stewart that’s for sure.

    • Great game and congrates to both teams.

      I don’t understand Bennett keeping a young Pangi on the bench all game when both teams were exhausted, I think it cost them the game

      • +1

        Jai Arrow was also under utilised when Parker was spent. I think McGuire was a spectator though… he appeared to spend most of his time on his backside! I guess the Cowboys forwards are harder targets than an unprepared reserve grade training partner?

        Coen Hess and Jason Taumalolo were stand outs.

    • As long as the Broncos throw discipline out the window and keep turning a blind eye to Bennett’s protégé this will keep on happening. Look at his track record. As soon as he is disciplined (like at Souths or Penrith) he wants to look for a new club. Proof all the $$’s they are earning can’t buy wisdom!

  5. Good signing for the Eels. Aggressive. If he can keep it under control – I reckon he’s a rep player of the future.

    Out of interest, which players will make way for these forward recruits?….

    • Gower, O’Brien.
      Parra need a 80 minute hooker so they don’t need to carry a spare one on the bench.
      Mannah and Wicks to start with Brown, Vave and Terepo on the bench. Fourth bench spot has to be Kenny Edwards.

      I think the team next year could look like this.

      1. French
      2. Radradra
      3. Jennings
      4. Taka
      5. ?
      6. Gutherson
      7. Norman
      8. Mannah
      9. ?
      10. Wicks
      11. Ma’u
      12. Moeroa
      13. Scott

      14. Edwards
      15. Vave
      16. Brown
      17. Terepo

      Still think they need another quality outside back and an 80 minute hooker to be a threat next year.

  6. 1. French
    2. Semi
    3. Jenko
    4. Takaz
    5. gutherson
    6. Norman
    7. Fogarty/Reynolds (I want him but very unlikely if we do we’ll look good)
    8. Mannah
    9. Cook (new signing)
    10. Alex twal
    11. Ma’u
    12. Meroa
    13. Scott

    14. De gois
    15. Wicks
    16. Brown
    17. Vave

    18. Peni

    Good side IMO with great depth in our forward pack. Give cook a chance and he’ll be amazing for us

    • That might be the side you want but I honestly don’t see Reynolds or Cook in Eels colours. Parra will just have to do with DeGois and Pritchard as there are no quality rakes available, and when Peats is available, sign him up.

      Stick with Gutho in halves or try Fogarty or Cornish.

      I would also have Edwards over every prop you mention.

      I actually want Parra to make a play for Kahu

    • I hope that’s Adam Reynolds, and I’m sure it’s not available. If it’s Josh Reynolds, PASS. He’s a good player, but what a complete and utter knob. Let’s stick with a no DH policy.

      Cook won’t be going anywhere. They let McInnes go, and Robbie’s a short term solution, so it’s very clear the Bunnies are backing Cook for the long term.

      We will make at least 1 big signing soon, please don’t be Josh Reynolds, and depending on the position of that signing (probably FB or half, but maybe hooker or lock) we can lock in the positions of our young players (French and Gutho most likely) around that. If it’s a FB, French to wing, if it’s a half, Gutho to wing.

    • Reynolds! As in Adam Reynolds? Good luck!

      Happy Souths junior playing with other Souths juniors and elite stars (OK Inglis and Surgess), a pack that roles forward (when they don’t drop the ball) and a system he is used to and works. Not to mention Cody Walker whose running game and creative play takes a lot of pressure of Reynolds and allows him to focus on controlling the team and using his kicking game… I understand the interest but I don’t think he is going anywhere in a hurry.

      I think he will also be aware of what happened to Sandow (not that it was Parra’s fault) but he left when he was on the rise, in a system he understood and that worked for him and starting over it all fell apart. Halves should be careful to jump from one club to another when there success depends as much on those around them as it does on their own performance.

      • Agreed, we won’t get Adam Reynolds, and I don’t Josh.

        As per your other comment re getting a hooker, I take your point, and would agree except I’d like to leave that spot open, in case we can get Peats back in 2018, and we can cover it with DeGois (for experience) and give Pritchard some game time.

        We need an experienced FB or half. If we don’t get either, and run French at FB and Gutho in the halves I’d seriously consider running Ma’u in the centre and Taka’s on his wing to strengthen our defence, and get a big (Taumalolo style) lock. Merora or Edwards could partner Scott in the second row

        • Good call. Ma’u plays like Matai but is not as fast. As long as his defence isn’t exposed in the centres with more room to cover (i.e. he isn’t wrong footed or beaten for pace on the outside). He will need to make quick, correct decisions in defence but he is an honest, committed, hard working player and will give 100%.

          The Eels really need a good young half with a kicking game and who knows how to lead a team around the field. I will admit Norman has improved greatly on past form but I IMO he has been over-hyped by a bit of success this year and it has gone to his head. He definitely needs the help of a good half around him as he is unable to run things by himself and doesn’t have a strong or consistent kicking game.

      • for 2017 I think the team will be (atm) based on BA’s comments elsewhere:
        1. French
        2. Semi
        3. M Jennings
        4. Taka
        5.G Jennings
        6. Gutho
        7. Norman
        8. Mannah
        9. IDG
        10. Wicks
        11. Manu
        12. Scott
        13. Moeroa

        14. Pritchard
        15. Edwards
        16. Alvaro
        17. Brown

        18. Terepo
        19. Vave

    • He can be proud of his efforts at the Rabbitohs and I will never knock someone who put in a solid effort and bled for the red and green (cardinal and myrtle) but I would rather have Zane Musgrove and Angus Creighton for the same $$’s.

      Glen Stewart on the other hand never put in a solid effort or bled for the red and green so I have no problem taking aim at him. He never wanted to leave Manly nor should he have been made to (same goes for Farah).

      I just hope when Farah’s time at Souths comes to an end I will be able to say the same about him as Brown instead of comparing him to Stewart!

      • Farah was a great signing. He wants, and deserves to end his career on a high, not fading out in the second grade.

        The Bunnies have given him a chance to retire on his terms, and he will pay them in spades.

        • Pity that chance couldn’t have come with the same club he started in. I agree he deserves better than to finish his career in reserve grade I just think he would have been of greater value, and able to play a central role, with the Knights (whose supporters have already said they didn’t want him).

          I agree that Farah has the potential to be an enormous asset and the same potential to be an enormous distraction and disruption at a club. As I have said on ZT it all depends on his attitude and if he can swallow his pride and be prepared to play the role he is given instead of the role he wants (Farah’s attitude vs Farah’s ambition). Many other Souths supporters on ZT are in agreement that Cook should be our starting hooker and Farah can play lock and relief hooker. If he can do this without trying to undermine Cooks position then fine. If not then Souths were doing fine without him.

          I just hope he comes with the right attitude. Cook last year never undermined McInnes and always supported him even if that meant at times he played reserve grade (which was not the reason he came to Souths). There are lessons to be learned there for Robbie.

          It’s all up to Robbie. Fresh start, positive attitude, play where required or try to call the shots and create waves. Only time will tell.

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