NATHAN BROWN has stressed it’s business as usual at the Giants after agreeing to join St Helens next season.
Saints ended weeks of speculation by announcing the Galpharm chief had been handed a three-year deal to be their new head coach.
Brown confirmed last December he would be leaving Huddersfield at the end of the 2012 campaign, with assistant coach Paul Anderson taking over for the next three years.
And after guiding the Giants to the top of the Super League XVII table after the opening nine rounds, Brown is hoping all the attention can now return to helping Huddersfield finish the season in style.
“I’m pleased this announcement is now out of the way and we can all concentrate fully on the job in hand,” said Brown, who could have captain Kevin Brown available again for the Good Friday home clash against Salford City Reds after recovering well from an ankle injury suffered at Hull KR 10 days ago.
“As far as I’m concerned, this season is all about Huddersfield Giants – nothing else – and making sure we have the most successful season we can possibly have.
“The group of players here and the club are very special to me and I will leave here at the end of October knowing I have given my absolute best to achieve the goals we have set.
“We have made an excellent start to the season and we’re determined to do everything we can to make sure that continues.”
It was initially thought Brown would be heading back to Australia at the end of his Huddersfield stay with his wife Tanya and four young children.
But with top coaching jobs in the Australian NRL known to be scarce and with his family to cater for, the option of moving to St Helens clearly makes sense.
Brown was also known to be keen to give Anderson the opportunity to take over as the head coach at the Galpharm after stating he felt his No2 was now ready to take the reins at the Galpharm Stadium.
See page two for details on the game which made Nathan Brown a target to take over at Saints