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Former Origin forward Nathan Brown has landed a top 30 deal with Manly​

Nathan Brown was fighting for his NRL career this pre-season but it’s paid off with an upgraded contract with Manly.

by Pamela Whaley

Former NSW Origin forward Nathan Brown will be available to play round 1 for Manly after being upgraded to the club’s top-30 list.

The 30-year-old has impressed over the pre-season with his determination to save his NRL career and has been rewarded by coach Anthony Seibold.

The paperwork is due to be finalised on Monday, just a day after he played the club’s first trial against South Sydney in Gosford.

The release of winger Christian Tuipulotu to St George Illawarra last week has freed up space in the first grade roster to allow the move, which puts Brown in the frame to make the round 1 side to play the Rabbitohs in Las Vegas.

“(Brown) and his agent have agreed to come into the top-30, so we’ll get the paperwork done on Monday and then he can be available for selection which is a real positive for us,” Seibold said after Sunday’s 68-6 trial win.

“He deserves it too, he’s had a good pre-season and he looks great.”

Brown has bounced around several NRL clubs over the past few years including Wests Tigers, Parramatta, Souths and the Roosters, but was without a contract at the end of 2023.

The one-time Origin forward was picked up by the Sea Eagles on a train and trial deal in the pre-season in a final effort to save his career.

Seibold has watched him thrive under that pressure.

“I’ve loved his attitude, he’s got a bit of a point to prove so there’s been an intensity about the way he’s gone after it,” he said.

“His own words, not mine, he’s had two disappointing seasons and he wants to prove a couple of points that he still belongs at this level.

“When you’ve got a player who still has that ambition and that fire in the belly, they can be really powerful for you.

“I can only go on what I’ve seen over the last 12 weeks and he’s taken this opportunity, we wanted to reward him and upgrade him to our top 30 which we’ve done.”

Meanwhile, Sunday’s trial helped push Raymond Tuaimalo-Vaega’s case to claim a vacant left wing position over Jaxson Paulo and Tommy Talau.

“It’s one spot that there’s a real competition for spots, Jaxson and Ray, and also Tommy Talau, those three guys are all pushing for that spot,” Seibold said.

“Saab has the right wing position nailed and Tolutau (Koula) and Reuben (Garrick) in the centres, and Tommy Trbojevic at fullback so there’s one position there where want genuine competition for spots and that jersey is up for grabs, along with that left edge back row.

“There were good signs.”

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“The Cowboys have a glutton of back rowers on the books, with the move likely to help accomodate keeping young gun Kulikefu Finefeuiaki and the talented Heilum Luki”

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