DELIGHTED Huddersfield Giants chairman Ken Davy believes they have made an ‘outstanding appointment’ in Nathan Brown.
The Super League club confirmed today the 34-year-old would be taking over for the start of next season after signing a three-year deal.
Brown is currently the head coach of St George, who are pushing hard for a place in this season’s Australian NRL Grand Final.
He took over at the Dragons in 2002 at the age of just 29 to become the youngest head coach in the game’s history.
But in April this year, St George announced Brisbane Broncos coach and former Kangaroos chief Wayne Bennett would be taking over in 2009, and that left the door open for the Giants to get their man.
“This is an absolutely outstanding appointment for the Giants,” said Davy.
“For us to attract one of the top coaches in the Australian NRL is fantastic, and I believe it is exactly the sort of individual we need to take us to the next level.
“I am also sure it will be an appointment that will excite players, supporters and everyone else associated with the Giants alike.
“We have been through a very thorough and detailed appointment process, and the calibre of the applicants both from here and in Australia far exceeded all our expectations.
“And the fact we appointed Nathan from such an excellent group of individuals speaks volumes about the man himself.
“Also the fact there was such quality interest in the post speaks volumes about the progress the Giants have made as a club. Could you have imagined six, seven or eight years ago, a top Australian NRL coach applying for this job?
“Finally, I would like to pay tribute to our board, and to managing director Richard Thewlis in particular, for the tremendously detailed work that has been done to ensure we got the right man.”