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Brown back to answer everyone's questions

All everyone wants to know of young Eels half Dylan Brown is if he's ready.

After missing 13 weeks with a stress fracture in his back, it's an obvious question.

"At the start it was pretty hard but towards the end I got into better habits of wanting to train more and be out there with the boys again," Brown told

"Everyone is asking if I'm ready. I'm not really nervous. I've played NRL so I know what it's like. I'm confident my back is sweet to go out there.

"But I'm not going to lie. I have been a bit worried about after the game because that was where the injury became a problem at the start of the season."

Brown, 19, will know soon enough. He will run out on TIO Stadium on Saturday night with his Parramatta teammates for the first time since round three, or March 29 at ANZ Stadium against the Roosters.

Eels v Raiders - Round 15

The pain in his back became so bad post-match that he had X-rays and MRI scans which showed "a lot of heat" around his lower vertebrae.

"It's just over-working my spine basically. But the doctors have cleared me to play so away we go."

Now comes the part where he reignites his fledging halves combination with No.7 Mitchell Moses.

Moses has had two different No.6s in Jaeman Salmon and Will Smith since Brown got hurt.

I've played NRL so I know what it's like. I'm confident my back is sweet to go out there.

Dylan Brown

"I don't know if Mitch feels worried about gelling again but I feel very comfortable," Brown said.

"Throughout the season he's definitely taken control and taken it on himself to kind of take the pressure off me.

"He tells me 'Don't worry. You go out there, control the left side, and if you want the ball call for it and you'll get the ball'.

"So he's given me clear direction of what he wants from me – Brad [coach Arthur] is the same.

"I'll do my best to support Mitch as best I can and by doing that, help the team in every way I can."

The Raiders will be the first to feel the force of a reinvigorated Brown, determined to make the back end of 2019 a lot more pleasant than the front end.

"I just want to maintain consistent quality football in the halves. I'm not going out there trying to be the star or anything.

"I just want to make my tackles, put some good positional kicks in, link well with my teammates and hopefully keep my spot in the team.

"The other wish is no more injuries and getting to the finals."

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