Rovers agree Brown deal
Young Fulham midfielder set to sign with Pirates
By Ben Collins. Last Updated: 25/05/10 4:45pm
Brown: Starting afresh
Bristol Rovers have agreed a deal to sign young Fulham midfielder Wayne Brown.
The 21-year-old, who spent a spell on loan with Rovers at the end of the season, is set to sign a two-year contract with the League One club, subject to a medical.
Brown came through the Fulham academy but only made two first-team appearances for the Premier League outfit, making his debut against Rovers in an FA Cup tie in January 2008.
He then spent loan spells with Brentford and Finnish side TPS Turku before impressing manager Paul Trollope in four league appearances for the Pirates in February and March.
"We have agreed terms on a two-year contract with Wayne, which we are very pleased about," Trollope told the club's official website.
"Wayne made a good impact in his brief spell with us but unfortunately that was halted by injury.
"However, he showed in his appearances and in his training within the group that he fitted in with how we did things and what we expect from a player in terms of his quality and his attitude.
"I think he was keen to get back to us as well and we've managed to do the deal."
Brown was named the Finnish league's player of the season following his spell with TPS Turku in 2009 and showed he had an eye for goal, scoring nine goals in 25 appearances.
"I'm very much looking forward to working with him," Trollope added.
"He's a young player who we feel we can develop and make good progress with. He has a real desire to get back to playing at a high level and hopefully he can do that with us.
"He's a very versatile player who can play in all positions across midfield, as well as off a single striker and he will bring us creativity as well as providing a goal threat from a midfield area."
Chairman Nick Higgs also confirmed that talks are ongoing with striker Paul Heffernan and defender Daniel Jones, who have been released by Doncaster and Wolves respectively.
Rovers are eager to boost their squad after falling away from the League One play-offs and ultimately finishing in mid-table.
"Hopefully this is the first of many signings this summer as we seek to shape and strengthen our squad for the 2010/11 season," Higgs added.