Retaining your key players is crucial and for the Cronulla Sharks – who have come under criticism for a lack of blooding juniors – are seeking to rectify that.
The first step in that process was to re-sign talented utility Nu Brown and that is exactly what the club have done, securing his services until the end of 2017.
It has been a huge week for Brown who will also make his first-grade debut.
“Yeah, it’s been a massive week and I didn’t expect it to come this early,” said Brown.
“I’m glad that I’ve signed for the next three years and it’ll obviously help my parents.”
History and family are important to Brown and although he has been involved with the Sharks club since the SG Ball, they remain a crucial part of his life and career moving forward.
“I’m from Christchurch originally,” said Brown.
“I came over here playing SG Ball and here I am now.”
Brown, who is a hugely talented utility, has set the Holden Cup alight over the last couple of seasons and his efforts have been rewarded.
“Mate, it’s a dream come true,” said an elated Brown.
“Captaining the U20’s and playing in the Auckland Nines with the older boys, it’s been a great experience.”
“I’m ready, excited and heaps nervous but I’m definitely ready.”
Team bonding is crucial for an upcoming player making a debut and Brown has had many team-mates support him and congratulate him.
“Todd Carney hasn’t been playing but he’s obviously been teaching me a lot both on and off the field,” said Brown.
“He’s been giving advice on what to do and what not to do, so I’m thankful for that.
With Brown’s first-grade debut coming against the Dragons, the talented utility will come up against his idol growing up – Benji Marshall.
“I started crying when I heard I was playing against him especially seeing as he’s on my edge,” said a jovial Brown.
“He’s been a massive idol ever since I was 12 years old and just watching him and his Youtube highlights, it just has me buzzing.”