Meet the region’s new NRL man
BRENNAN Brown is a self-confessed rugby league tragic.
The South Burnett's newest NRL Game Development Officer has followed the sport since he was only four-years-old.
"I love my footy," he said.
"I am a big Melbourne Storm fan.
"For my 10th birthday, I was lucky enough to go to Melbourne to watch them play."
Brown started in the role last month after spending four years as an assistant Development Officer in Toowoomba.
"I would occasionally come and help out in this region," he said.
With the start of the 2020 NRL season not until March, Brown's role was about making connections in the region.
"Initially, I'll just meet all the key stakeholders in schools and clubs," he said.
"Once footy season starts, then I'll get into the education and coaching courses.
"And into the schools in term one."
Brown had dreams of playing professional sport but injuries held him back.
"I had to stop playing because of shin splints," he said.
"I can't do lots of running."
He recognised the significant contribution his predecessor, Blake Mara, made to junior sport in the region and was not about to reinvent the wheel.
"All the hard work that Blake put in, I don't want to just leave that, I want to grow on it," he said.
Brown would like to make the role his own and is prepared for the long haul.
"I'd like to be here for a minimum of three years," he said.
"I am my own person and I'll run my own race."