Parramatta coach Brad Arthur has challenged five-eighth Dylan Brown to take the line on when he returns from an ankle injury in Saturday night‘s qualifying final against the Melbourne Storm.
In a huge boost for the Eels’ premiership aspirations, Brown will don the No.6 jumper for the first time in over a month.
Arthur believes the New Zealand-born playmaker’s inclusion gives the entire Parramatta team confidence, in both attack and defence.
“We just need Dylan to be Dylan when he comes back in,” Arthur said.
“He has got a good running game, so we would expect him to take the line on.
“He is a big part of that left edge, in terms of defence. I think he is a very good defending half.
“And he gives Mitch (Moses) more options around the ball.”
Arthur praised Brown for his application to recover from his ankle injury ahead of schedule.
He was expected to return in the second week of the finals, but he has worked overtime to recover.
“He (Dylan) has put a lot of time into getting himself right and so have our medical guys,” he said.
“They have worked around the clock. It just shows you how important it is to him and how important his teammates are to him.
“Now he gets an opportunity to play in a finals series.”
Arthur says Brown will be inspired by his strong performance against Melbourne in last year’s semi-final, despite the Eels losing 32-0.
“In our biggest game last year against Melbourne when we didn’t perform well, he was our best player,” he said.
“He will take some level of confidence out of that.”