COACH­ING ROLE LURES BROWN TO EWOOD

The Football League Paper - - NEWS -

WES BROWN says he is hop­ing to guide the next gen­er­a­tion of Black­burn Rovers stars af­ter sign­ing terms at Ewood Park un­til the end of the sea­son.

The ex­pe­ri­enced for­mer Manchester United de­fender, who turns 37 next month, has been re­cov­er­ing from a calf strain but has signed a one-year play­ing deal that will also in­volve coach­ing the Rovers de­vel­op­ment squad.

And the for­mer Eng­land in­ter­na­tional – who was re­leased by Sun­der­land in the sum­mer – is look­ing for­ward to his dual role.

“I didn’t mind play­ing for the younger boys, although I hated tak­ing their spots!” said Brown, who has ap­peared three times for the Un­der-23s.

“But it was prob­a­bly needed to get the game fit­ness in there.

“I think I’ve had three or four games now and I’m happy with that and I’m ready for se­lec­tion on Satur­day.

“The gaffer was big on me do­ing the coach­ing side, as well, and that’s what I want to do., So, in that sense it’s bril­liant.

“I know Damien (John­son) and (David) Dunny, and I’ve ob­vi­ously played for them as well. It’s great that I’ve got the op­por­tu­nity to keep that go­ing as well.”

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