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Brown urges Knights fans to be patient

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 25/04/2017 Laine Clark

Shaun Kenny-Dowall © Brett Hemmings Shaun Kenny-Dowall Shaun Kenny-Dowall is the latest target in Nathan Brown's sights but the cashed-up Newcastle coach is in no hurry to sign him despite feeling the heat from Knights' fans.

Brown said he could understand why long-suffering supporters were frustrated with the NRL club's big-money recruitment drive after missing out on Test prop Matt Scott and NSW star Jack Bird.

But Brown urged Newcastle supporters to be patient, saying he would only sign high profile players he believed would take the battling club "into the next decade".

"I can certainly understand their (fans') frustration. We get a bit frustrated too," Brown said.

"But we've really only genuinely missed a couple. With our financial situation, everyone is going to get linked to us.

"But what would be more frustrating is paying someone $1 million who isn't worth two bob and not going to take the club back to where it was 10 years ago.

"If we hold our nerve I am sure we will get it right. It won't happen tomorrow, that's all."

Sydney Roosters' Kiwis international Kenny-Dowall tops Brown's latest wish list.

"We have had a couple of chats. He ticks a number of boxes for us," Brown said.

"Where it all ends up I don't know but he is a player we have some interest in."

Brown said Canterbury's James Graham, Aiden Tolman and Greg Eastwood had not been actively pursued despite speculation linking the trio to the Knights.

But he claimed "anything is possible" in a player market he believed was only going to get more volatile.

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