GIANTS coach Nathan Brown believes the next England boss should consider namesake Kevin for the end-of-season Four Nations series.
With current Bradford Bulls coach Steve McNamara, a former Giants skipper, being expected to be named as the new national coach tomorrow after the Rugby Football League board meeting today – the Giants are hoping the 25-year-old former Wigan player will be in the running.
The half back is in a rich seam of form for the Giants, who are fourth in the Engage Super League and booked their place in the last 16 of the Carnegie Challenge Cup with an impressive 40-12 win over Hull KR.
Kevin Brown has been a revelation since his switch from centre to stand-off, but would have to force his way past Sam Tomkins (Wigan) and Kyle Eastmond (St Helens) in order to win his first cap.
They formed England’s half-back pairing in the 2009 Four Nations final against Australia and, barring injury, look likely to keep the roles for both the mid-season international against France and the trip to Australia and New Zealand in October.
"I’m not the England coach, but I’d like to think Kev has got some good attributes," said the Giants coach.
"Kyle Eastmond and Sam Tomkins are fine young players too, but I’d like to think that Kev could be in the mix there somewhere and make that tour if his form continues."
Signed as a centre from Wigan in 2006, Brown was switched to stand-off by former Huddersfield coach Jon Sharp, who predicted he would go on to form an England half-back partnership with Luke Robinson when the latter was snapped up from Salford 18 months later.
Brown played a key role in the Giants’ run to Wembley last season and a knee injury which curtailed his involvement in the final against Warrington was a factor in the team’s failure to go on and win a trophy as they went down 25-16 to Warrington and flopped in the play-offs.
Now fully fit following a close-season knee reconstruction, Brown is back to his best and was the architect of Sunday’s fourth-round win over Rovers.
"He’s a fantastic player, who has really developed into a fantastic half-back," said Hull KR coach Justin Morgan.
"What I love about Kevin Brown is the way he carries the ball to the line. He challenges your middle people all the time.
"He’s certainly developed a short and long passing game. His long passing game is the one that catches teams out but his short passing game is also really very good.
"He looks like he’s developed into a great thinking footballer. He knows when to call the ball. They’ve got a bucket-load of good players but I’ve got a huge admiration for Kevin Brown."
Nathan Brown added: "As he did last year, Kev has a habit of turning his better performances on the big days.
"What he is good at is making people outside him look good. He’s only really been 18 months in the position of five-eighth and he’s made good progress."
The fifth-round Cup draw has thrown up a repeat of the 2009 final, with Huddersfield given home advantage against the Wolves, but Brown insists his side will not be motivated by the prospect of revenge.
"Wembley is obviously a great experience for any club that is involved and everybody got a great thrill out of last year," he said.
"But as a club we expect the players to go out every week and compete very hard.
"Obviously, with it being knockout, you can’t afford to err and your judgment has got to be pretty good because once you lose, you finish."