Nathan Brown was Dragons captain when the Storm smashed them 70-10 at the MCG back in 2000. Nearly 20 years later, as Newcastle travels to Melbourne, the Knights coach recalls the lessons of that ambush.
In other cities, Nathan Brown and Ernie Merrick would be viewed as rivals. Not in Newcastle, where the Knights and Jets coaches have become great mates. And especially not today.
We’re going to get prime time from Mitchell Pearce. The next four or five years will be the best of his career and the Newcastle Knights are going to be the beneficiaries. There was a time when you’d baulk at signing a 28-year-old to a long-term contract. But those times have gone. That’s still …