Fleetwood Town fans will be pleased to hear some positive news with midfielder Junior Brown signing a contract extension. Brown, who has scored 12 goals this season, appeared thrilled to extend his st
By Michael Woods
Fleetwood Town fans will be pleased to hear some positive news with midfielder Junior Brown signing a contract extension. Brown, who has scored 12 goals this season, appeared thrilled to extend his stay at Highbury.
“I’ve got a lot of time for the club, and I’ve really enjoyed my time here. Getting the opportunity to extend my contract was good for me. Hopefully, the fans and the club will be happy about it as well, and I’ll be able to build on my performances this season and repay the club for having faith in me.”
Brown is currently in his third year at Fleetwood, and has seen a number of changes on and off the field, as the club look to continue to grow. “At Fleetwood we’re a club that constantly strives to achieve, and we have done that so far. We’ve managed to get ourselves into the Football League, it hasn’t always been great this season, but next year we’ll be used to it and hopefully we can have a good crack at getting promotion. There’s still a chance we can get promotion this season, so we’ll continue to put a good effort in to make the play-offs.”
Having grabbed headlines this year as a goal scoring midfielder, it will come as a surprise too many outside the club, that Junior was actually signed a left back. Flourishing in a more advanced role this year, Brown appears to be enjoying the change. “When I was younger I played quite a bit as a winger, but changed to a full back as I got older. I was always an attacking full back when I signed for the club, but Micky and now Graham have decided to play me further up field and it seems to have worked well for the club and for me. I’ve grabbed a fair amount of goals this year, and it’s given me a license to play more attacking.”
In a season of numerous positives for Brown, he’s also managed to play more games for the club, steering clear of injuries that plagued his first two years at the club. “The first couple of seasons at Fleetwood were disappointing for me. I’d played a few games and picked up a knee injury, which set me back. It’s all part and parcel of being a footballer though and you have to pick yourself up from these things. I worked really hard over pre-season to build up my strength, and so far it’s kept my injury free this season. Hopefully I can finish the season off well, get another full pre-season under my belt, and remain injury free next year as well.”
Just three games remain of Fleetwood’s season, who have a small chance of making play-offs. Brown and the rest of the squad will be looking to end their debut Football League season on a high. “It’s still mathematically possible for us to make play-offs, but it’s going to be a tough ask. We’ve got to go into these games and give it everything we’ve go. Hopefully with a bit of luck we can potentially sneak into one of those play-off positions.”
Mirroring Browns joy was Manager Graham Alexander, who seemed delighted that one of his key players had committed another two years to the cause. The manager took a moment to reflect on what has been a great season for the winger whilst assessing the hunger for success within the club.
“Obviously, I cannot speak about how Junior did here before I got here but I think he was the top scorer then. Since I have come in, he has played great for me. He has played virtually every game that he has been fit. It is great to know, that he believes in what we are doing here. I know he wants to play at a higher level and it is great to see that he can do that with us. That is the aim – to get as many hungry players as possible that want to strive for success and take their careers to another level. It is a good bit of business and I think Junior is happy with his season and how we are doing things. It’s great to have him on board for next season.”