Kieran Brown backed to have positive impact on Leeds Knights

JOE COULTER is backing fellow Leeds Knights’ forward Kieran Brown to light up NIHL National next season.

Friday, 28th May 2021, 4:45 pm
Updated Wednesday, 2nd June 2021, 7:50 am
TOP MARKS: Kieran Brown, seen in action for Sheffield Steeldogs during the 2019-20 NIHL National season, is tipped to be a star turn for Leeds Knights by team-mate Joe Coulter. Picture courtesy of Cerys Molloy.

The two have been playing alongside each other in recent weeks for NIHL North Two outfit Widnes Wild in the behind-closed-doors Three Rivers Cup while, prior to that, Bradford-born winger Brown was part of the Telford Tigers roster for the Spring Cup.

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Coulter played for Leeds Chiefs in their debut campaign, while Brown chose to end a three-year stay at Sheffield Steelers in the Elite League in order to move to Elland Road last summer.

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Joe Coulter believes Kieran Brown's all-round talent will shine through for Leeds Knights next season. Picture: Dean Woolley.

It meant the pair were set to play alongside each other for the Chiefs in 2020-21 before the coronavirus pandemic ensured there would be no sophomore ‘regular’ season for the new second tier.

If the government roadmap out of lockdown continues to go to plan, the pair will now come together in Knights’ colours in early August when the Knights gather under head coach Dave Whistle for the first time.

And Coulter can’t wait to see what Brown can help the Knights achieve, the talented 20-year-old having previously impressed in the second tier when racking up 10 goals and 24 assists in just 19 games for Sheffield Steeldogs in 2019-20, while on a two-way deal from the Steelers.

“If I was to sum it up in one word, it’s frightening how good Kieran is,” said Coulter, who was last week revealed as the Knights’ latest signing for 2021-22. “I don’t think he gets credit enough for his all-round game. Obviously, he puts up points but, for me, it’s the small things he does off the puck that are just as impressive.

GUIDING LIGHT: Dave Whistle will be head coach to Kieran Brown and Joe Coulter for Leeds Knights during the 2021-22 NIHL National season. Picture courtesy of Richard Murray.

“I know playing at Widnes isn’t the level we’ll be playing at come September, but he’s blocking shots, taking the body – little things like that.

“I would say he could the best Brit forward in the league next season and in terms of what he can achieve in the next couple of years, it’s frightening.

“Obviously, he’s been hit by a couple of injuries that have held him back over the last couple of years but, speaking to him, he’s just desperate to get a full season under his belt and really show what he can do in terms of numbers and helping us win games.”

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