St Helens’ chief-in-waiting Nathan Brown has departed Huddersfield Giants today after a poor recent run of results for the West Yorkshire club, including yesterday’s Cup semi-final 33-6 defeat by Warrington.

The Giants’ General Managing Director, Richard Thewlis said:

“Only a couple of months ago we were top of the Super League table and we had huge aspirations, we still do.”

“We firmly believe in this squad and we think they have under-performed over the last two months.

“It had reached the stage where a lot our supporters were questioning us and we just thought that a change was needed. It’s a culmination of results over the last couple of months.”

It was already announced at the start of the season that Brown was leaving Huddersfield at the end of this season, with assistant Paul Anderson due to replace him from the start of 2013, with it later being  revealed in April that Brown would join Saints from the start of next season on a 3-year deal, after the sacking of Royce Simmons from St Helens in March. Anderson will now take over at Huddersfield with Royce Simmons’ ex-assistant at Saints, Keiron Purtill as Anderson’s assistant at the Galpharm Stadium.

 There are inevitable whisperings over whether Brown will now join the Saints with immediate effect, following today’s news although it is unknown yet whether there is any truth in these rumours.

Brown enjoyed a relatively successful spell at Huddersfield, reaching Wembley in his first year in 2009, where they lost to Warrington, and taking them to third in the league table. The club has become play-off regulars under his stewardship, but was unable to win any silverware during his time in charge at the club. Brown had stated, following yesterday’s defeat, that he would have liked to have seen out his contract at Huddersfield before today’s decision by the Yorkshire club.


Simon Mulligan