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Brown Extends Stay With Vodafone Warriors To 2012

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Brown Extends Stay With Vodafone Warriors To 2012

Vodafone Warriors second rower Lewis Brown goes into tonight's NRL clash against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs with the added boost of a new two-year contract which will extend his stay with the club until the end of the 2012 season.

Christchurch-born and bred Brown (23) broke into first-grade football as a back rower last season after arriving at the Vodafone Warriors as a hooker.

He proved to be one of the club's most exciting prospects, scoring three tries in 15 games and earning a call-up to the Kiwis' train-on squad preparing for the 2009 Four Nations.

Brown said he was thrilled with the club's show of faith in him.

"I came to the Vodafone Warriors hoping for an opportunity to play NRL football and I couldn't be happier with how it has worked out so far," he said.

"It's a great club to be around. There's lots of support for you here and there's also plenty of competition for spots. I just want to keep working hard on trying to improve my game and to ensure I do the best I possibly can for the team every time I have the chance."

Vodafone Warriors coach Ivan Cleary said Brown had proved to be one of the club's real success stories.

"He arrived here as a player who had shown some promise and he has turned out to be a bit of a revelation I guess," he said.

"While he came here as a hooker, we actually saw potential in him as back rower. He brings so much enthusiasm into the side whenever he plays and he just keeps improving.

"We've been thrilled with the way Lewie has developed and with the qualities he provides."

Brown started in rugby league with the Riccarton Knights in Christchurch before moving to Sydney where he played in the junior grades with the Sydney Roosters and followed with a stint with Wests Tigers, playing New South Wales Cup football for feeder club Balmain Ryde.

He started last season in the NSW Cup competition with the Auckland Vulcans earning his first-grade debut in the Vodafone Warriors' away game against St George Illawarra in round eight. Brown played in all but two of the last 17 matches of the season, usually as an interchange back rower or a starting second rower, and has been a first-choice back rower this year. He makes his 19th career appearance against the Bulldogs tonight.

LEWIS BROWN

Born: October 3, 1986

Birthplace: Christchurch, New Zealand

Position: Second row

Height: 179cm

Weight: 96kg Junior Club: Riccarton Knights (Christchurch)

Other Clubs: Sydney Roosters, Wests Tigers, Balmain Ryde, Auckland Vulcans

NRL Debut: Vodafone Warriors v St George Illawarra, WIN Stadium, May 3, 2009

(Round 8)

Club Number: 151

NRL Career: 18 appearances, Vodafone Warriors, 2009-2010

NRL Points: 12 (3 tries), Vodafone Warriors, 2009-2010

Representative: Kiwi train-on squad, 2009

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