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James Brown feeling good about Rovers loan switch

17 January 2023

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James Brown feeling good about Rovers loan switch

17 January 2023

James Brown said excitement at the plans laid out by head coach Danny Schofield was the main driving force behind his switch to Rovers.

The attack-minded right back has joined the club on loan from Blackburn Rovers for the remainder of the season, fresh from making 22 appearances in the first half of the campaign at fellow Sky Bet League Two side Stockport County.

And the 24-year-old said speaking with Schofield was enough to convince him to make the switch to the Eco-Power Stadium.

“He’s ambitious,” Brown said. “He wants to do well for the club in the short and long term. He thinks we can do well this year and we’re in a good position.

“He wants to kick on and the style of football we play is attractive, which I think will suit me as well.

“He plays great football and there’s a lot of creative players in this team who can provide and slip balls in for you. It’s an attractive club and an attractive way of playing so it was all good for me.

“We’re in a great position now to kick on. It’s so tight with only a few points in it for the play-off positions. There’s so many clubs in and around there. It’ll be a good end to the season and we’ll see what happens.

“I want to play as many games and I want to be involved as a successful team. As a team we want to go up but it also looks good on my CV so it works for everyone.”

Brown made more than 120 appearances in senior football in the League of Ireland before joining Blackburn last January.

And he feels his experience of the rigours of League Two football this season means he is arriving at Rovers ready to make an impact.

“I had plenty of games back home in Ireland and I think the standard is pretty similar,” Brown said. “The only tricky thing I was getting used to was the Saturday-Tuesday schedule. I played a lot of them straight away and I’m used to that as well as the league.

“I’ve got a good few appearances now so I hopefully I can finish the season strong.

“I didn’t want to leave it too late after coming back from Stockport because there’s a lot of games in January. I wanted to get back out there straight away so it was about staying fit with Blackburn for a week or two, playing a couple of U23 games and getting ready to go.”

Brown will wear the number two shirt during his time with Rovers.


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