Dylan Brown arm infection

Eels star recovering from arm infection after Bali mishap

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ByAdam Pengilly
February 6, 2023 — 5.15pm

Dylan Brown is the latest NRL star to suffer from a holiday mishap as he recovers from an infection to his arm, stemming from a Bali holiday.

Brown, who only recently signed a deal which gives him the option to stay at the Eels until 2031, has only just returned to full training after the off-season misadventure.


It’s unlikely Eels coach Brad Arthur will use the 22-year-old in the grand finalists’ first pre-season challenge match, against premiers Penrith on Saturday, even though the NRL is offering a $100,000 prize for the winner of the 18-team competition. The Eels play Newcastle in their second trial on February 17.

The Kiwi international suffered a cut to his arm while in the holiday hotspot, but the problem intensified when it became infected and a clot developed.

 Brown is still considered a strong chance of featuring for the Eels in their round one clash against Craig Bellamy’s Storm, a match which will open the NRL season at CommBank Stadium.

The news will come as a relief for Eels fans, who will already be without Ryan Matterson for the opening three rounds after the back-rower accepted a ban - rather than $4000 fine - for a crusher tackle in the grand final.

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Parramatta Eels five-eighth Dylan Brown.CREDIT:NRL PHOTOS

The Storm will be a formidable challenge for the Eels, who are trying to hand Bellamy his first-round one loss as coach of Melbourne in his 21st season.

Arthur will be in little rush to have Brown back on the park give


Brown spent the summer deciding on whether to re-commit to the Eels in the face of strong interest from Wayne Bennett’s Dolphins, but announced in the week before Christmas he would take up a lucrative offer to remain in Sydney.

The deal will keep Brown at Parramatta until at least the end of 2025, but provide him with options through until 2031.

While Brown has bedded down his future in the blue and gold, Parramatta are sweating on a decision from halves partner Mitchell Moses, who is expected to make a call on whether he will stay in blue and gold before round one.

His potential retention will be a huge coup for the Eels, who last year charged into their first grand final since 2009.


The Eels will play their first official trial against the Panthers at BlueBet Stadium on Saturday.

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  • Now we know his reason for signing up quickly on his return from holidays . DB caught the pox , yuk LOL . That's the risk of having sex in the Bali nightclub toilets . LOL 

  • No rush...

    Bring him back after 3 or 4 rounds - JA can cover him no problem.


    • I heard that Jake was sent to the US to train with the guru of sprint coaching at the NFL Giants franchise.  They are saying that over 50, Jake is now half a cunt hair behind Dylan Brown 

  • We sure BA didn't sneak into his room and cause the infection 
    "Hey, Dyl is out, so Jake can play" Is his excuse hahaha.


    I kid, but i think he will be ok by round 1.

  • Bali would be last place on the planet I'd go to for a vacation. Most of Asia wouldn't be on my bucket list

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