Knights coach Nathan Brown has done a phenomenal job with his side in 2017 despite finishing last, and it would seem that the improvement in the side hasn’t been lost on his new bosses.
According to the Newcastle Herald, the Knights will consider offering Brown an extension early in the new year, possibly laced with performance clauses.
“We’ll be having conversations with Nathan very early on, around his role and where he sits,” said Wests CEO Phil Gardner. “There’s nothing I’m seeing to suggest we would not be extending his contract, but my board would have to make that decision, at the end of the day.”
That said, Gardner also pointed out that any early extension would have to feature “performance criteria”, because “if the wheels fall off the cart, we wouldn’t want to be caught in the position the Bulldogs are in”.
In theory, this sounds like a great idea. However, there’s no guarantee that Brown would agree to a conditional extension, especially if he attracts interest from rival clubs.
If he can pull it off though, Gardner will deserve a healthy round of applause.