Reece Brown arrived at the Proact on deadline day from Birmingham City. And he’s set to be involved against Oldham Athletic on Saturday so here’s a quick way to get to know our new signing.
Name: Reece Brown
Date of birth: March 3, 1996 (aged 20).
Place of birth: Dudley, West Midlands
Career: Birmingham City, Notts County (loan)
Brown is a box to box midfielder who is very effective in possession and poses a creative spark, and is a product of the Birmingham City academy which has produced the likes of Nathan Redmond and Demarai Gray in recent years.
He made his Blues debut on September 17, 2013, coming off the bench against Burnley at Turf Moor. He played a further seven matches that season and his impressive performances earnt him his first senior contract which he signed in January 2014.
At the start of the 2014-15, after featuring in just one of Birmingham’s first six games, he was loaned out to Notts County where he again impressed. He was used as a no.10 at Meadow Lane, starting four games but his loan had to be cut short due to injury.
He made a couple of appearances at the start of the 2015-16 season, but he fell out of favour under Gary Rowett.
In January last year, Brown had trials at Premier League West Ham United and featured for their development squad. He also attracted interest from AFC Bournemouth and Manchester City.
He returned to St Andrews and month later and managed to work his way back into Rowett’s team, signing a contract extension last April.
Brown has been more involved this season both under Rowett and then Gianfranco Zola.
The youngster has played eight times so far this season and Zola is keen for Brown to get more regular game time.
The midfielder has been capped for England at U17, U18, U19 and U20 level. He’s scored two goals in six appearances for the U20s, coming against Czech Republic and the Netherlands.
Brown supports Liverpool, and his favourite player is the Barcelona and Spain midfielder, Andres Iniesta.