Brad Arthur, the coach for the Eels, has advised Dylan Brown to approach his return to the game cautiously after a seven-match suspension. Brown, the team’s representative five-eighth, will be playing against the Dragons on Sunday. He was temporarily sidelined by the NRL upon pleading guilty to two incidents of sexually touching without permission in an eastern Sydney pub.
The player expressed his apologies last month, acknowledging the disappointment he caused his teammates. Arthur maintains that Brown now has a responsibility to the club to assist them in regaining their top-eight ranking, particularly following their struggle during his absence.
Arthur asserted, “Dylan’s aware that he let down his peers, the club, and the public.” He believes it’s now crucial for them all to move on, the best way for Dylan to contribute being through his performance.
Despite his absence from the field, Brown has continued his training with the team. In the intervening period, they have fallen to 11th position, suffering three losses in four games. Considering the upcoming match against the Dragons – a team they are anticipated to defeat – Arthur is encouraging Brown to simplify his game and follow the lead of Clint Gutherson and Mitch Moses.
Arthur commented on Brown’s condition, “He’s been undertaking heavy training and gym work.” His concern is that Brown, while fit and strong, may potentially overcomplicate his game and push himself too hard. “We don’t need him to overdo things and fall into that trap. His role as Dylan Brown is enough for us,” he stated.
Arthur stressed that Brown’s strength lies in his effort and there is no worry about him trying too hard in that area. The coach is confident in Mitch and Gutherson’s ability to guide Brown and steer him clear of overextending himself.
The game on Sunday is vital for the Eels, who are currently trailing the top-eight by just two points, with future matches against Broncos, Roosters, and Panthers. The team, despite setbacks from injuries and suspensions coupled with disappointing defeats, could still make the finals, conclude Arthur.
Arthur confidently said, “Our top-level game is proven to be on par,” emphasising the players’ cognisance of their potential and the need to bring that to the game.