Dylan Brown during Parramatta Eels training at Old Saleyards Reserve. Picture. Phil Hillyard
Dylan Brown during Parramatta Eels training at Old Saleyards Reserve. Picture. Phil Hillyard

Eels half Brown makes call on future

PARRAMATTA prodigy Dylan Brown has opened up on his desire to stay with the Eels long-term, saying he now owes it to the club to extend beyond 2020.

On the eve of a Friday Night Football blockbuster against Manly, Brown has given Blue & Gold Army members a huge boost by revealing his manager Gavin Orr has been urged to sort a new deal before November 1 - the day rival NRL clubs can start negotiating.

Back in March, and when responding to talk of a $3 million offer from the Warriors, the Eels No. 6 admitted he could be enticed into "going fishing" when his current deal was up.

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Dylan Brown (centre) has emerged as a key part of the Eels’ future. Picture: Brett Costello
Dylan Brown (centre) has emerged as a key part of the Eels’ future. Picture: Brett Costello

 

Six months on however, and with Parramatta readying for a surprise NRL playoffs spot, the 18-year-old now says he is going nowhere.

"I love Parramatta and what they've done for me," Brown said. "So now I owe it to them, and myself, to stick around.

"My manager is probably talking with Parramatta right now.

"So hopefully … yeah, if I do get re-signed before November 1 that would be very good for me and my mindset."

Currently, Brown earns the NRL minimum $105,000, which is still up on his 2018 development deal of $60,000.

 

Dylan Brown is in for a hefty payrise when he re-signs with the Eels. Picture: Getty Images
Dylan Brown is in for a hefty payrise when he re-signs with the Eels. Picture: Getty Images

 

Earlier this year, however, the five-eighth whose fan club includes the likes of Andrew Johns, Brad Fittler and Brett Kenny was given an idea of his earning potential when the Warriors offered the largest deal for any leaguie yet to start in first grade.

And while that contract was eventually pulled - given clubs are banned from approaching Brown until November 1 - the rookie playmaker suggested he and Orr had spoke about potentially waiting until 2020 to make his next move, given higher numbers would almost certainly become available.

But with Brown now looking to stay put, fellow Eels are predicting a bright future for their Next Big Thing, with backrower Manu Ma'u saying: "Dylan can be a future New Zealand halfback if he wants to play for the Kiwis."

 

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Apart from wanting to end a run of back-to-back losses against Manly at Bankwest Stadium, Brown also joked about staying "on the lookout" for cult winger Jorge Taufua, who smashed the young playmaker during their last encounter with one of his now signature tackles.

On Tuesday, Brown even took to Twitter over the matter, responding to a Taufua highlights reel - which has gone viral in the US - with: "Massive honour to be a part of this great video!"

Quizzed on the Sea Eagles' ability to thwack, the teenager laughed: "He's been bringing them every week, hey? Doesn't stop.

"He seems to find them quite well so I'll definitely be on the lookout for him."

And as for the social media post?

"I just thought I'd make a joke out of it," he grins. "It was funny so, yeah, why not?

"I don't know what his secret is but, yeah, he's been playing NRL for a while now and knows how to read the plays.

"If you don't see him, he hits you … and most of the time he seems to hit you right."

News Corp Australia


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