After pleading guilty to two counts of non-consensual sexual touching in a pub incident during June, Parramatta’s Dylan Brown has been instructed by coach Brad Arthur to sincerely repay his teammates as he returns from suspension. Brown was penalised with an 18-month Community Correction Order by Sydney’s Downing Centre Local Court for the intoxicated indiscretion, which also instigated a suspension under the NRL’s no fault stand down rule.
Following the 46-16 defeat to Melbourne Storm last Friday night, Arthur expressed that Brown’s end to his NRL suspension for the incidents makes him eligible to return next round. “He’s fit, strong and trained really hard. He’s eager to make amends with his teammates,” expressed Arthur in wake of Friday’s loss.
Arthur’s bitter disappointment in his team’s failure to withstand Melbourne’s brutal attacks holds a glimmer of hope towards Brown’s return. The coach believes that Brown’s sturdy defensive skills will solidify the team’s weak left edge, as he hopes to push towards earning a spot in the finals.
The coach is banking on Brown’s defensive excellence to rectify issues, particularly on the left edge. “Dylan brings a strong defensive game. It’s the first area for improvement, and I believe Dylan will bolster our left edge,” declared Arthur.
Arthur mentioned that the hefty defeat could potentially harm the club’s chances given tight competition for the top eight. However, he reassured that there’s still ample time and matches left to bounce back.
“Though disappointing, we still have enough matches left – our focus is on coming back stronger next week and then focusing on the following weeks,” accentuated Arthur. According to the coach, the power is still in their hands as winning games will naturally improve the ‘for’ and ‘against’, offsetting the heavy loss suffered.