Former young Bronco follows Henjak to Sea Eagles

THE Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles hope former Brisbane Broncos under-20 three-quarter Arthur Brown will provide the side with the strike power it needs to re-emerge as a threat in the state league.

The 22-year-old has signed with the club because of its new coach.

"The thing that brought him to the club was Ivan Henjak. As soon as he heard that Ivan may be coming here ... he rang me up," Sea Eagles chief executive Chris Flannery said.

"A couple of days later we had Henjak signed, and so things have gone from there.

"He's got a very big fend and is a big boy, so I'm looking forward to watching him play."

A Caboolture product, Brown was coached by Henjak at Brisbane before the latter was sacked almost three years ago, reportedly after a scathing player review.

Brown, however, evidently has a high opinion of the 50-year-old coach.

"He's looking to be coached by Ivan again," Flannery said.

"They've got a bit of relationship and I've also spoken to Ivan about Arthur and he said he's a great talent.

"When he was 18 or 19 he was going to be the next big thing in the NRL, but things just haven't fallen his way, so I'm looking forward to him having a big off-season with us and seeing what he can do next year."

Brown played at Newcastle Knights feeder club Wyong last year after assisting the Kawana Dolphins to an undefeated run through the Sunshine Coast Gympie Rugby League premiership in 2011.

The Sea Eagles have also re-signed "about 90%" of their 2013 wooden spoon squad and are in talks with a several Sunshine Coast Stingrays players following the side's withdrawal from Queensland's premier rugby union competition.

However, the future of captain Callum Klein is still not clear.

"We just haven't really had a chance to catch up, but he'll be signed fairly soon I'm hoping," Flannery said.

Some of last year's players again on the roster are front-rower Ryan Hansen, centre Rowan Klein, hooker Jay Lobwein and Kyle Van Klaveren.

Sea Eagles colts talent Matt Gilliman has also been included in the first-grade squad and is expected to play a significant role for the side.


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