Believe in Brown
Stevo told Boots that Nathan Brown could lead the Giants to the Grand Final before joining Saints.
Last Updated: 05/04/12 8:01am
Nathan Brown's imminent switch to St Helens will not derail Huddersfield, according to Boots 'n' All pundits Stevo and Brian Carney.
Brown, 38, will join Saints on a three-year deal as Royce Simmon's successor when his contract with the Giants expires at the end of the season.
And while both Stevo and Brian admit the situation will not be ideal in the coming months, they agree that the situation can work.
"He [Brown] has done nothing wrong - it's just like a player being transferred to another team at the end of the season," reflected Stevo.
"I think he's a full grown professional - he will work very, very hard to ensure that the Giants do their best for the rest of the season. Who knows? A lot of people are tipping them to get to the Grand Final and I think they can.
"But I can't understand why people are saying 'he should go straight away'. He has a contract and he will stick by that contract and I think it's the best way to do it."
Carney told Boots that there is bound to be a fair amount of distraction in the camps of both the Giants and the Saints.
But he said that Brown's decision bodes well in the long-term for both Saints and Super League in general.
"Of course there will be [distraction] because while he's still at Huddersfield he'll be preparing for St Helens next year," he said.
"He'll be liaising with St Helens about the players they are going to bring in and signings they are going to make and also Paul Anderson, who is second in command, is going to need to make plans for the forthcoming year so there will be a little bit of upset but I think they are all professional enough to manage it.
"It is a good appointment for St Helens. I think Nathan Brown has decided now that for the foreseeable future his career lies here in Super League.
"He had stressed many times that he wanted to go back to Australia for family reasons, for professional reasons; he's ultimately now settled his mind and decided to stay in England and it's a pretty big club he's decided to stay at.
"He knows the resources they have at St Helens, he knows the crowds they'll get and he knows the players he'll have available to him and that's very, very appealing for an ambitious coach.
"They will have to work extra hard at making sure it is a seamless transition because, Paul Anderson will have plans; he won't want to replicate everything that Nathan Brown does. It's unlikely - he'll have things he'd like to tweak. (I'm guessing now - Paul Anderson would be the best man to ask)."
Carney added: "Now he'll have to temper that slightly - as Nathan Brown will have to temper his commitment to St Helens because he says ultimately now I'm employed by Huddersfield - but we all know he is going to have to do some work with St Helens.
"We all know that Paul Anderson is going to have to prepare for the future as a head coach while he's still in the assistant's role."