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Nathan Brown in line to take over at Warriors

Nathan Brown has emerged as the clear favourite to take over as head coach of the Warriors - less than two months after he ruled himself out of the race.

The former Knights coach is firming to be Stephen Kearney's replacement after interim boss Todd Payten earlier this week sensationally confirmed he had turned down the job.

But the Warriors have wasted little time moving on and are expected to finalise negotiations in coming days.

Brown, 47, had also been in the mix for the vacant Cowboys job, but is poised to take over at the Warriors.

He was earlier this year drafted in to do some consultancy work with the club.

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Brown is a close friend of Warriors recruitment manager Peter O'Sullivan and hasn't hidden his desire to be a career coach, less than a year after he walked out on the Knights after undertaking a major rebuild of the club.

Brown was tight lipped on his link to the Warriors when speaking to Triple M on Thursday night. He was a commentator on the Dragons and Roosters match.

When asked about previously distancing himself from the Warriors job, Brown told Triple M: "The timing wasn’t right six or eight weeks ago. There were certain things going on in my life.

"There’s limited [jobs] about and a lot of coaches that want them. Like the Cowboys they’ve got some good younger players coming through and some good senior players.

"Both clubs have potential to grow with good junior bases. You don’t know if a job is attractive until you talk to the people in charge and where they’re at with recruitment and how much time they’ve got.

"I’m a career coach and I love coaching. The Warriors job is a great opportunity, as is the Cowboys job. I’m always in dialogue with the Warriors as I actually work with them as a consultant."

Nathan Brown is firming to take over as head coach of the Warriors.

Nathan Brown is firming to take over as head coach of the Warriors.Credit:Marina Neil

Former Panthers boss Anthony Griffin was still in the Warriors mix earlier this week, but has now yielded ground to Brown.

It could be part of a massive shake-up at the club with the Warriors also circling Phil Gould, who on Thursday confirmed he is in discussions with the club about turning around their fortunes.

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The Warriors have been stranded in Australia since early May to ensure the competition could be rebooted and managed an upset win over the Tigers last week.

"I've been getting a lot of messages lately. A lot of people checking in but as I keep saying to everyone I'm pretty lucky," Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck said.

"I've got a strong woman back home and she's got good support around her. She's raising the babies really well and I'm just happy to be here doing my job to help her and the kids back home."

The Warriors will play the Sea Eagles at Lottoland on Friday night.

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