Mike Brown reveals why he joined the Falcons
REACTION: Mike Brown has revealed why he will leave Harlequins at the end of the season and join Newcastle Falcons.
The seasoned fullback, who has won 72 caps for England, ends a long affiliation with Quins, having made his debut 16 years ago in 2005 and holds the club’s all-time appearance record.
The official line is that Brown, 35, has been drawn to the northeast by the Falcons’ style of play.
However, in a brutally frank interview with the Mail online he flipped the script and revealed that he was axed by Harlequins.
No sugar coating here from @mikebrown_15. This is his side of the story about how his 17-year Quins career ended in a grim four-minute meeting. ‘I never wanted to leave. I sat in my car and cried. I’m not sure how much loyalty there is in the game.’ https://t.co/fBjya496Lf
— Nik Simon (@Nik_Simon88) April 3, 2021
In the sanitised media release he was quoted as saying: “I’ve enjoyed watching how the Falcons have performed this season since coming back up, and they’ve had some great results.
“They play with an uncompromising toughness and have got some real X-factor players, and when the time comes to join up with them in the summer I know I’ll enjoy being part of it.
“I’ve spoken to people I know well about what Newcastle’s set-up is like – guys like Luther Burrell and Nick Easter to name just a couple.
“They just talked about how it’s a really tight-knit group of lads, and that the whole thing is centred around hard work, honesty and respect. I think that’s all you can ask for as a player, and I’m really excited by the prospect of going up there and fitting into that culture.”
Brown will see the campaign out at the Stoop and wants to end his stay there in style.
He said on Quins’ website: “While this will be a big change for me, I remain fully focused on continuing to give my all on the pitch alongside some great friends this season. This is a strong group and I fully believe we can achieve something great this year.”
In his interview with the Mail there was no such sugar coating.
“I never wanted to leave,” Brown said.
“I sat in my car and cried.
“I’m not sure how much loyalty there is in the game.”
Sources: Mail online, PA sport and RugbyPass
Thank you! pic.twitter.com/y9MbQfmTs7
— Mike Brown (@mikebrown_15) April 3, 2021