Brown on recruitment rumours: Norman, Ferguson and Taupau

It's the rugby league silly season as the transfer market kicks into overdrive.

With the June 30 deadline quickly approaching, there's plenty of movement taking place in clubland.
The nib Newcastle Knights are no exception. They've been busy.

The addition of Wests Tigers forward JJ Felise has added to their depth, while the team has slowly been adding new recruits to their list for next year.

Cronulla back Jesse Ramien  and Melbourne forward Tim Glasby are Newcastle-bound, while this week Edrick Lee inked a three-year-deal starting in 2019.

The search for players is ongoing and Nathan Brown revealed the signing of the Cronulla flyer won't impact the Club's interest in Australian International Blake Ferguson.


With the Club not finished with their recruitment, Brown acknowledges the fact the Knights are constantly being linked to players but has warned supporters not to believe everything they read.

"We're obviously in a pretty good salary cap situation at the moment," Brown said.

"Any time a player comes on the market, we are apparently in for him which is not always the case.

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"Everyone knows we're in for a front rower so every time a front rower comes out (on the market), we're generally the front runner (in the media).

"We're always going to be rumoured to be in for players.

"Ferguson, obviously we've made some inquiries about. That's certainly very true and already been written.

"Generally, where there's a bit of smoke, there's fire but not all true."

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When pressed on players the Club might be interested in, Brown was asked about Parramatta play-maker Corey Norman.

Speculation has run wild for weeks that the Eel could be on the move and the Knights are the latest club linked to him but the coach has dismissed the rumours.

"He's a very talented player who is on a really big wage," Brown said.

"I'd say at this stage, that's not a true rumour.

"Is he a talented player and would he help any organisation? He's a potential Origin player. I think he'd help any club."


Manly prop Marty Taupau is another player linked with a potential move.

While Brown acknowledges he's in the market for more size, the Knights have not approached the New Zealand international.

"No," Brown said.

"I haven't heard Manly are keen to move Marty Taupau.

"He's the prototype forward who seems to be having a lot of success.

"He's the type of player that would help any organisation. I'm not convinced myself personally that Manly would let him go."

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