WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - SEPTEMBER 13: Coach Nathan Brown of the Newcastle Knights looks on during a New Zealand All Blacks training session at Westpac Stadium on September 13, 2018 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Newcastle coach Nathan Brown has admitted his recent contract extension saw him sign a deal that was open-ended, meaning the Knights have the potential to part ways with Brown whenever they please.

Brown signed the contract late last year, although told the Daily Telegraph he doesn’t plan on using his side of the agreement, as he too can also walk away from Newcastle at any moment in time.

“I am not planning on going anywhere,’’ Brown said.

“Or expecting to have it activated but, yes, I signed a contract that allows them to pull the trigger at any time.’

“There are no top-eight clauses.

“Nothing like that. It is just performance-based and with no timeline.’’

Brown signed the deal late in 2018 after joining the Knights in 2016 to replace Wayne Bennett, and initially led the Knights to back-to-back wooden spoons, before guiding them to 11th last year.

The 45-year-old was more than willing to sign off on the new style of contract, suggesting it was beneficial for both parties.

“It just appeared as a much cleaner way of doing things,’’ Brown said.

“With this deal there will be no lawyers or anything like that. None of the mess that we have seen. There will be a payout figure and a clean break.’’

The Knights’ pre-season has been interrupted with various off-field incidents, as Jacob Saifiti, Tautau Moga and a third senior player have all been in the headlines for the wrong reasons.

Brown isn’t too worried about what’s happening outside the club’s headquarters, and is pleased with how his side is tracking with less than two months to go before their Round 1 clash with Cronulla on Friday, March 15.

“We have had a few minor incidents,’’ Brown said.

“And that has made us an easy target. But really we are ticking along quite nicely. I am quite happy with where we are at.’’

7 COMMENTS

  1. Brownie will do anything to get his name in the news.
    Unless the Knights get a top 8 finish this year, he’s gone.
    They should be able to do it without too much trouble with their new roster but I honestly think Brown is one of the worst coaches in the game. I don’t think Newcastle will be really successful until he’s sacked.
    That contract speaks volumes of the confidence the club’s management has in him.

  2. He should be sacked if they are not playing finals this year, he is a loser and he will always be a loser

    How many more years can he claim to be rebuilding?

  3. You can’t see a lot of things backtocrack19, you and a few other clowns think I have multiple ID’s, well your wrong and so is your assumption that Newcastle will not make the eight. They will go close to a top four.💪🐔👍

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