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Nathan Brown not afraid to continue tinkering with Warriors line-up

Nathan Brown says he's still weeks away from figuring out the right Warriors mix as he prepares to face a North Queensland team he believes have done just that after their early-season NRL struggles.

Nathan Brown Source: Photosport

The Cowboys (3-4) started horribly but have won three straight games leading in to Sunday's clash with the Warriors.

Brown credits rival first-year coach Todd Payten, who impressed as interim coach at the New Zealand club last season before taking the Cowboys job, for that form reversal.

"When he first got there he had Val Holmes on the wing and Scott Drinkwater at fullback and over the course he's decided to change that (by moving Holmes to fullback and Drinkwater to No.6)," Brown said.

"As a new coach going to a club I know I've got a lot to learn and Toddy's been in a similar boat.

"It's easy to be pig-headed and stick with your first idea, but if you feel it's not working and there's a better way of doing it you have to look at it.

"Now they've figured out what works for them and they've had three very good wins on the bounce."

Brown has done his share of tinkering too, with fresh arrival Reece Walsh thrust into an NRL debut at fullback last week before being named at five-eighth to face the Cowboys.

The 18-year-old's injection pushed Roger Tuivasa-Sheck to the wing last week but the rugby union-bound star in back in the No.1 this weekend.

Fellow backline recruit Euan Aitken (ankle) remains on the sidelines while Chanel Harris-Tavita's possible return next week could bring more change.

"We won't know the best make-up of our team for another four or five weeks due to injuries and also Reece coming to the club and what he brings," Brown said.

The coach said Brisbane junior Walsh's move to the No.6 would relieve him of some defensive duties that Melbourne exposed last weekend, but still allow him to add his attacking flourish.

"Reece has only been here for a couple of weeks and you all saw what impact he had for our attack (with two late try assists)," the coach said.

"Fullback has its demands in other areas, so he's got some areas to adapt and work on in the next six weeks."