Brown prepared to wait
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jason Brown has said he is prepared to wait for his chance at Blackburn.
Goalkeeper Jason Brown has said he is prepared to wait for his chance at Blackburn.
The 24-year-old joined Rovers from Gillingham in the summer but has not been able to force his way into the side ahead of established number one Brad Friedel.
He is nevertheless a major part of John Toshack's Wales squad and won his second international cap in the 4-0 victory over Liechtenstein on Tuesday.
Brown believes his move to Ewood Park has already helped him improve, but is ready to take his time in his development.
"I knew what I was getting myself into when I first went to Blackburn, but I am happy to be there, happy to work with the staff and I have already felt the improvements in my game," he said.
"I have come on in leaps and bounds already, it's a good opportunity and I am sure I will be able step in and do well when the chance does come.
"It is massively encouraging for me that John Toshack was still prepared to give me the chance to play for Wales this week, as it would be easy to say `You are not playing league football so you can't play for Wales'.
"But I have loads of experience already. I'm at a Premiership club and I am involved with some great players in the best league in the world.
"There are plenty of players not starting games but the atmosphere and level of quality is something you cannot help but learn from."
Brown accepts that 36-year-old Friedel could remain first-choice at Blackburn for a few more years, but insists it is a privilege to learn from one of the most reliable keepers in The Premiership.
"Brad's 36 and I know keepers play for a few more years - he could easily play until he's 40. He is unbelievably fit and that is good for me because it makes me work hard too," he explained.
"And when my opportunities do come around I will have to show what I am about. People can say it is difficult for me, but it is great competition also.
"I'm still very much involved every match day. I do miss playing but I have to apply myself correctly while on the bench with my preparation and mentality.
"I could still be in the spotlight in League One but to be in that spotlight in The Premiership is a completely different thing and you have to earn it and be prepared for it."