CARDIFF SWOOP FOR GEM BROWN
CIARON BROWN has landed a move from Wealdstone to Championship high-flyers Cardiff City just two years after he was playing in Step 5.
The 20-year-old defender, who can play centrally or at left back, has made 66 appearances and scored three goals for the Stones since joining from Combined Counties Premier Division side Bedfont Sports in 2016.
His form led to a number of clubs tracking the youngster’s progress and he had a trial with Sheffield Wednesday.
But the Owls’ division rivals have swooped for Brown to take him to Wales and become the latest graduate to leave the National League South club for the Football League.
They’ve had great success launching professional careers, including former Leeds United and Everton striker Jermaine Beckford and midfielders Luke O’Nien and Tom Pett.
Wealdstone boss Bobby Wilkinson said: “I’d like to wish Ciaron a very successful career; it’s a great achievement to become a pro, he’s worked very hard and we will always support him and we will follow his progress with great interest”
Stones chairman Peter Marsden added: “I know that Ciaron has worked extremely hard to fulfil his ambition to be a full time pro footballer and I know all Wealdstone fans will wish him well at Cardiff. We look forward to welcoming Ciaron and his new team mates for a preseason friendly at Grosvenor Vale at the start of next season.”