With pre-season one month away, there is little doubt Blues boss Gary Rowett is drawing up his list of transfer demands whilst deciding who in his current crop isn’t going to make the grade.
But amid all the pre-season chatter and rumours, one name that has successfully avoided discussion seems to be Reece Brown. He’s a young man that grabbed all the headlines back in March when he was suspended by the club because of his “conduct and levels of professionalism”. Little detail of the investigation was ever revealed to the public or supporters, but it is understood both player and club have resolved their differences and are looking to the future.
Prior to the investigation, the 20-year-old had trials with both West Ham United and Bournemouth whilst Manchester City also showed an interest in his signature. But with the trials turning out to be fruitless and his relationship with the club back in the good books, the future for Brown is a little unclear.
It’s extremely obvious he’s a talented young man and is well thought of in the U21 set-up. Lee Clark also thought highly of him and gave him a handful of chances during his tenure with the club. But under Rowett, Brown has been used a lot more sparingly yet has still been offered a one-year contract extension.
It appears that for the sake of his development, Gary Rowett wants to limit his game time in the first team, trying to keep him on track by slowly bringing him through the ranks. And there is little doubt that with the right application, Brown can’t be that far away.
It will be extremely interesting to track his development through pre-season and then going into next season- will Rowett integrate the youngster in the first-team or will it be reserves again? Because at 20-years-old, Brown will want to start making a name for himself pretty soon and you can’t begrudge him for that.
I thoroughly believe that it’s a case of maturity and once Brown begins to show that, he may be given more first-team action.
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