Reece Brown - All You Need to Know

Reece Brown has completed his move to Huddersfield Town today signing from League Two side Forest Green Rovers. Town reportedly beat Championship rivals Leeds United to Brown’s signature and have paid a fee believed to be in the region of £150,000 in compensation for the midfielder.

If you don’t know too much about Reece Brown then you’re not alone, neither did we until about an hour ago. Fortunately for you we’ve done all the hard work and trawled through the inter

net to give you the complete lowdown on Town’s latest signing…

Who is Reece Brown?

23-year-old attacking midfielder Reece Brown was one of the key players in Mark Cooper’s Forest Green Rovers side last season. The technically gifted midfielder scored 11 goals for Rovers last season on their way to the League Two Play-Offs where they were beaten by Mike Dean’s Tranmere Rovers.

Brown began his football career at Birmingham City, when he was picked up by the club at the age of 10. He went on to play an important role in several youth categories until he was given his first-team opportunity by former Town manager Lee Clark.

After impressing in pre-season Brown was named as a substitute in some of Birmingham’s early games of the 2013-2014 season. In the Blues 3-0 away loss to Burnley, Brown replaced veteran Darren Ambrose in the 51st minute of the game.

The ever combative Lee Clark said of Brown after the game, “He was the only player who has probably enhanced his reputation from the night. He came on and showed his ability, showed no nerves and was competitive.”

Shortly after that Brown signed his first professional contract in a deal that kept him at the club until 2016. Over the coming seasons Brown would go on to make sporadic appearances for the Blues.

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After an unsuccessful loan spell at Notts County in which Brown only featured 3 times, he returned to Birmingham. New Blues gaffer Gary Rowett chose to feature Brown in a series of squads, bringing him off the bench on a few occasions.

Unfortunately Brown never managed to establish himself as more than a bit-part player under Rowett, who criticised his physique and work rate off the ball.

In a bid to improve Brown's physicality and experience, Rowett sent him out on loan to Chesterfield. Unfortunately Brown played less for the Spireites than he did at Notts County, this time making just 2 appearances.

Managerial upheaval at Birmingham City seemed to make Brown's path into the first team impossible, so in 2017 he took the bold decision to join League Two side Forest Green Rovers.

In his debut season for the Gloucestershire side Brown managed 42 appearances, showing enough promise to earn himself a 12 month contract extension. Rovers chief Mark Cooper was reportedly worried about Brown’s physical approach and work rate off the ball, as Gary Rowett had been at Birmingham.

Brown was told to work on these aspects of his game ahead of last season, and he seems to have done so succesfully. He went on to play a key part in Rovers fifth placed finish, chipping in with 11 goals and dramatically improving his physical approach to the game.

His form last season led to interest from a series of Championship clubs in the January transfer window. Aware of the interest in his services, Brown refused to sign a new contract with Forest Green instead preferring to move on a free at the end of the season.

That move didn't go down particularly well with fans of the Gloucestershire side who perhaps feel rightly irked that they are missing out on a chunky transfer fee for the player. Despite that there are still plent of Forest Green fans that are sad to see him go and wish him well for the future.

What the Forest Green Fans are Saying

“For all the plus points last season – goals, assists, running – (sic) feel there was still a lot of room for improvement – passing accuracy, retaining possession – that Reece needs to work on. There is undoubted talent there, but I just worry he might benefit from a second year at the current level.”

“Reece was a trifle lucky to get a new one year deal for last season, but boy did he grasp his opportunity. He has much he can still develop and another season at this level wouldn’t hurt him.”

Forest Green Manager Mark Cooper, “Reece Brown is a Premier League player if he wants to be, but the one thing that is stopping him is himself – he’s got everything and could go and play for Chelsea now and not look out of place.”

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Attitude Problems

Previous coaches of Brown including his most recent Mark Cooper have all cited the midfielder’s poor work rate off the ball. In fairness he seems to have rectified that to an extent last season and has finally started to develop into a well-rounded footballer.

However it is something that Jan Siewert will need to keep an eye on going forward, as he is likely to demand 100% commitment from his players both on and off the ball. Brown was also investigated by Birmingham City for his ‘conduct and levels of professionalism’ after touting himself to Bournemouth, West Ham and Manchester City.

The midfielder completed a trial with West Ham whilst still under contract with Birmingham, which sparked anger with his Midlands employers. In mitigation, he was still quite young at the time and does seem to have knuckled down since, earning his move back to the Championship after impressing at Forest Green.

It will be another thing for Siewert to keep an eye on over the coming months. The German would probably be wise to keep Brown away from Phillip Billing over the next few weeks though, we don’t want any of Phil Bill’s arrogance rubbing off on our new recruit.

What Leeds Fans are Saying

Interest for Reece Brown’s signature boiled down to Town and Leeds with the youngster eventually choosing the bigger and better of the two sides. That hasn’t gone down particularly well with our local rivals, here are a few gems from Leeds fans on WACCOE and social media.

“Don’t even know who Rees Brown is. Is it English for Helder Costa? If not I don’t give a sh!t, we’ll stick to buying players that will fire us back up to the Premiership.”

“Bet Reece Brown bums dogs, they all bum dogs in Hudds it’s a fact. It’s a Town full of dog bummers and Leeds fans.”

“Imagine spending £100k on Reece Brown when we’re out splashing 8 mill on Helder Costa. Enjoy your cut-price players.”

“Don’t care about anything the dog botherers are doing, Brown and Elphick are crap signings. No better than Schindler or Pritchard.”

“Vegan, clean-eating, dog-bothering, climate change fearing c@ck womble. P!ss off Reece Brown.”


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