Brown grabs second chance
29 March, 2018, 12:00 am
FA’AMANU Brown is the first to admit his relationship with Canterbury Bulldogs coach Dean Pay got off to a shaky start.
This was a kid who spent five seasons in the Shire and joined the Bulldogs with the understanding Des Hasler was going to be coach and a perfect chance to secure the halves spot alongside Kieran Foran. Rumours surfaced over summer of a new recruit turning up to his club with a less than impressive attitude. The former Cronulla Sharks utility was aware word had got out.
“Dean (Pay) pulled me aside and I got a little bit of a telling off,” Brown told NRL.com. “I never had the right attitude towards training whether it was a hard or easy session. You have to have that same mentality to give your all regardless of what you’re doing.
“I wasn’t giving it 100 per cent at the time. Dean made me realise how grateful I should be to have this job.”
Brown said the issues he faced in his first months at Belmore were minor – turning up to training late and failing to perform to the best of his ability. There were no behavioural problems or sackable offences.
“The Bulldogs are different with their training schedules compared to what I was used to at the Sharks,” Brown said.
“That’s the hard thing about coming into a new club, you have to work with new characters, learn new routines and start fresh. I probably wasn’t ready for that, I thought it would have been the same environment. One thing they’ve taught me is hard work, especially with Dean about my attitude.”