Nathan Brown of the Eels is tackled by Jacob Lillyman, (left), and Simon Mannering of the Warriors
Nathan Brown of the Eels is tackled by Jacob Lillyman, (left), and Simon Mannering of the Warriors DAN HIMBRECHTS

Matured Brown wants to rid himself of 'bad boy' tag

PARRAMATTA forward Nathan Brown admits to seeing the error of his ways and was determined to rid himself of his bad reputation.

The 24-year-old lock had earned the status of being one of the game's most ill-disciplined players during his time at South Sydney.

In separate incidents in 2016, he attracted criticism when he appeared to stomp on the groin of Titan Agnatius Paasis and delivered a late hit on then Tigers' five-eighth Mitchell Moses.

Three years earlier, he was at the centre of a massive brawl during an under-20s game, when he had to be held back by his own trainers.

Brown has avoided any controversy or charges laid against him so far this season, and says he had matured.

"You've got to learn from what you've done," he said. "You don't want to be labelled those bad names in the game.

"You just want to play the game tough and hard which I like doing."

Brown, who is one of the NRL's recruits of the year, impressed again last Friday night in the Eels' win over the Warriors. Despite suffering rib pain, he ran 182m.

"BA (coach Brad Arthur) has given me the opportunity just to play football and show your skills," Brown said. "With Will (Smith) on the bench now he comes on and plays (hooker) which is good.

"I can just come on and focus on me now. Running the ball."

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