Huddersfield Giants coach Nathan Brown has revealed his long-term future won't be with the Super League outfit.
Brown, who was named coach of the year in his first season with the club after guiding the Giants to Wembley and a third placed finish, has no intentions though of moving to one of their rivals.
The highly-rated Australian has opened up about his future plans as he guests on the Independent's latest Tryline Rugby League podcast. In the programme, he admits that he is seeking a return down under either before the end of the year or by the time his Giants' contract runs out in 2011 due to family reasons.
Brown said: "At this stage I will definitely say I will be at the Giants next season although I couldn't say that as a 100% guarantee as there is a lot of water to go under the bridge.
"What I can guarantee is that I will work as hard as I can, along with the rest of the coaching staff, to help prepare our players to do really well, things can change very quickly though, the club might decide they don't want me!
"I have enjoyed my time over here, the people are great and the Rugby League is great as is the support we get from the people at the Giants.
"However, when you move young children a long way from all their family, their aunts and uncles and grandparents, you do feel like you are robbing them of a little part of their life.
"If I didn't have young children or if they were at an age where they could travel and make their own decisions, then I would more than happily stay longer but it's a job for me and three years will see my time out as a coach over here."
The former St George Illawarra Dragons boss has made no secret of his desire to secure another head coach's post in the NRL, although he flatly denies speculation linking him with a switch to Cronulla Sharks.
The persistent rumour has also been rebuffed recently by Sharks chairman Damian Irvine, who has backed current coach Ricky Stuart to see the job through.
Brown added: "I haven't spoken to anyone in the NRL and if I had I would happily tell you as there is no good trying to hide from these things.
"It's certainly not true though, but it seems when sides are losing in the NRL, they always start stories that someone else is going to coach.
"My name seems to be that name at the moment, but it's not fair on the guys already in these jobs."
You can hear more of Brown's thoughts on his future in this Tryline podcast, plus his views on the challenge of replacing Warrington-bound Brett Hodgson as well as a look ahead to this weekend's Magic weekend at Murrayfield.Reuse content