St Helens appoint Nathan Brown as new head coach

Nathan Brown

Nathan Brown will become the new head coach of St Helens when his contract with Huddersfield Giants expires at the end of the season.

The 38-year-old has agreed a three-year deal to replace Royce Simmons, who left Langtree Park on 19 March.

"They are a great and historic club and continuously associated with success," said Brown. "I'm relishing the challenge for next season onwards.

"That said, this season is all about Huddersfield Giants for me."

He added: "It's good to get this announcement out of the way so that I can concentrate totally on the job at hand."

Brown is in his fourth season at Huddersfield, who sit top of the Super League after seven wins from their opening nine matches.

He had been expected to return to Australia, where he had previously coached St George Illawarra Dragons in the NRL, at the end of the 2011 campaign.

However, to his contract to keep him at the Galpharm Stadium.

St Helens chairman Eamonn McManus said: "We are extremely pleased that Nathan will be joining us next season.

"I believe he is ideally suited for the Saints, both with regard to the way we want to play and as to what we aim to achieve in terms of success.

"He is still a relatively young coach but already has pedigree and experience gained over many years as a head coach at the highest levels, both in the NRL and in Super League."

St Helens are currently seventh in the Super League table, having beaten Leeds and Warrington in their two matches under Mike Rush and Keiron Cunningham.

Simmons, who led Saints to the Grand Final in 2011, was dismissed after four straight defeats, culminating in a 12-8 loss at Bradford on 17 March.