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The Warriors parted ways with Brown after he was no longer able to move to New Zealand

The Warriors have today confirmed the departure of Nathan Brown as coach, effective immediately.

Brown had signed as coach of the Warriors on a three-year deal from 2021 to the end of 2023, but the club confirmed in a statement that Brown had left the club with immediate effect, with current assistant coach Stacey Jones to take over the role for the rest of the season as interim coach.

“Nathan told us he had made a personal decision that for family reasons he wouldn’t be able to relocate to New Zealand as originally planned for the long term,” said Warriors CEO Cameron George.

“We fully appreciate his position and the call he has made.

“Given those circumstances we agreed we needed to make an immediate change.

“It’s tough for everyone involved but, in the best interests of the club, we felt we had to go in a different direction now.

“Nathan has worked so hard for our club and we are extremely disappointed it has come to this. We’re truly grateful for what he has done and wish him and his family all the very best for the future.”

Assistant coach Stacey Jones will take over as interim coach of the Warriors.
Assistant coach Stacey Jones will take over as interim coach of the Warriors. ©NRL Photos

A former player for the Dragons throughout the nineties, Brown took over as coach of St. George-Illawarra in 2003 where he would remain until the end of 2008.

From there he joined Huddersfield, before linking up with St. Helens in 2013, with whom he won the 2014 Super League Grand Final, before returning to Australia to coach the Knights. Brown would remain as the Newcastle coach from 2016 until 2019, when he parted ways with the club, before taking his fifth head coaching role with the Warriors ahead of the start of the 2021 season.

The Warriors currently sit in 14th position ahead of their Round 14 clash against the Cronulla Sharks this Sunday at Moreton Daily Stadium.

They will play two more games in Redcliffe before returning back to New Zealand to face Wests Tigers at Mount Smart Stadium for their first home game in over 1000 days since the club hosted the Rabbitohs in August, 2019.

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