WOLVES say no risks will be taken with Kevin Brown’s welfare after he was flattened by Glenn Stewart’s high tackle in last night’s defeat to Leigh Centurions.

Playmaker Brown took no further part in the action after being felled by the Australian back rower’s swinging arm nine minutes into the second half.

He was replaced by young gun Harvey Livett but Wolves ideally need their close-season signing fit for next Friday’s ‘derby’ with St Helens at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

“He’s ok-ish. He was sitting up and talking, and looked reasonably normal in the dressing room. It wasn’t like he was still laid out or lights off.

“We’ll take care of him. He’s got over a week to get better. We don’t take any risks with head injuries and certainly if somebody’s been knocked out or dazed we don’t get them to return to play the same game.

“I do see it still happening and it’s a big risk. We don’t muck around with ours, they’re too important to us. They’re human beings and need to be taken care of, sometimes when they don’t make the best decisions themelves.”

Westerman’s departure near the end, looking as if he was in a dazed state too, was a false alarm for those observing.

“He wasn’t groggy, he’d just had it,” said Smith.

“He’s trying his socks off at the moment. I think he’s in good form in a team that’s not firing the best it can. He’s been really taking on a lot of workload and been in pretty good form so far this year and probably stood out as our best player so far.”