Nathan Brown has no regrets over his decision to leave St Helens after masterminding their first Super League Grand Final win since 2006.
Brown announced earlier this month that he will return to his native Australia for family reasons and he signed off in style as Saints beat arch-rivals Wigan Warriors 14-6 in a dramatic Grand Final at Old Trafford on Saturday.
The 41-year-old, who spent spells in charge of St George Illawarra Dragons in his homeland and then Huddersfield Giants before taking over at Saints at the start of the 2013 season, reflected on his time at Langtree Park as the greatest experience of his life.
After watching his side overcome 12-man Wigan, who had Ben Flower sent off inside two minutes for twice punching Lance Hohaia, to add the Super League title to Leaders’ Shield, Brown was adamant that he is ready to return Down Under as he considered it “job done” at Saints.
He said: "From just a rugby league point of view, Rushy [St Helens chief executive Mike Rush], Kieron Cunningham [assistant coach] and Eamonn [chairman McManus], they were the ones that got me to the club, they brought me to the club because it needed to be rebuilt and that’s what I fancy myself at doing.
"I think I’m as good as anyone at doing that. I did it at Huddersfield, I did it at St George Dragons and now I did it here. My job is done.
"If I stayed around next year it would have been for money and whilst that’s good, it’s not the right thing to do. They’re a champion club and the chairman, Rushy, they’re great people.
"From a business point of view, if you ask the club how many coaches want to come and coach, every coach wants to come and coach St Helens. I****
t’s one of the greatest clubs in the world, it’s got a great roster.
"For me it’s just family, we’ve missed our family. To go now, I’m that happy to be going home from a family point of view. I want to see my family, my wife wants to see the family.
“We’ll miss England, I’ve got some great friendships and next year when Saints get to the Challenge Cup final Rushy is going to fly me and my wife back over!”
From what I saw very few of players from that team are NRL standard. If he calls that a great roster then Brown is in for a shock IF he ever coaches NRL again.