Monday, February 25, 2013
MANCHESTER UNITED’S Reece Brown wants to erase the memories of a disappointing loan spell at Coventry City as he aims to make a name for himself at Ipswich Town.
The 21-year-old, brother of Wes, has signed a loan deal that runs until the end of the season and will add to manager Mick McCarthy’s options, alongside the likes of Patrick Kisnorbo, Elliott Hewitt and Tyrone Mings, who are also fighting for places in the first team.
Brown was meant to be staying at the Ricoh Arena for the duration of this season but, having begun the campaign as a regular under Andy Thorn, soon found himself down the pecking order under new boss, Mark Robins.
I’ve had a few loans and they haven’t all been great, if I’m being honest,” said Brown, who has also featured for Bradford, Doncaster and Oldham in temporary spells.
“At Coventry this season I was playing week in, week out but then a new manager comes in with his own ideas and suddenly I found myself out of the team.
“That’s football though and I’ve learned from all my experiences on loan, whether good or bad they have been a learning curve. Hopefully I can come in here now, work hard and show the gaffer and the fans what I can do.”
Brown is hoping to become an established name in English football and should he come close to replicating the success of his brother, then the future will be bright for the defender.
Wes Brown played 232 times for Manchester United and won seven Premier League titles and two Champions League medals, among other honours.
His experience in the game is invaluable and Reece admitted his big brother still has a big influence on his development.
“People say me and my brother are both similar types of players but I don’t really see it,” said Brown.
“We get told all the time but I think we are both quite individual. My brother has had a great career and is a top player but I just try and focus on my own game and want to be known for Reece and not Wes.
“My brother keeps an eye on me though and will ask for the DVDs of my games and go through them with me.
“If I do things well, he will tell me and likewise if I do things bad, he will tell me where I need to improve.
“So it’s good to know he’s watching over me and ready to offer me bits of advice here and there, especially with his experience.”