The Newcastle Knights are set to re-sign coach Nathan Brown for a further two-years, ending any chance of Brown heading back to England.
Despite his consecutive wooden spoons, Brown is re-building the club, beginning with the foundation.
The former Dragons coach has recruited a number of quality signings including Aidan Guerra, Kalyn Ponga, Tautau Moga and Jacob Lillyman.
Brown opting for experienced representative forwards to mentor the club's young players.
It was revealed in March, on Fox Sports, that Brown would go to extreme lengths to keep other club's away from his up and coming players.
"We're trying to get as many of our young kids signed up as we can and then obviously, playing first grade, we’d like them signed up longer term," Brown told On the Couch with Sterlo.
"As it stands at the moment, we can’t afford to introduce Player X into first grade if he’s coming off contract because if Canterbury or the Roosters or Brisbane really, really want him they can just blow us out of the water.
"The key for us is trying to identify the right ones, keep them in our system and then before they play first grade make sure, you know, we’ve got them on contract for two or three years and they like where we’re heading, so when their contract’s coming nearer they want to stay and be a part of where we’re going.
"The one thing we don’t want is that we’re getting to the stage where we’re putting young kids in first grade and they aren’t going to be first graders, so when we get to that stage that’s when we’re going to have a bit of a problem."