RECENT signing Chris Brown has happy memories of his last time at Doncaster Rovers.
He spent much of the 2003-04 season on loan from Sunderland at Belle Vue during which time he helped the club win the Division Three title.
He also won Rovers’ Young Player of the Season award after scoring 10 goals for Dave Penney’s side.
“I enjoyed it. We had a great team and a great set of lads,” he recalled. “I was only 19 at the time and it proved a good experience being in and around the first team instead of playing in the reserves at Sunderland,” he recalled.
Brown left the Black Cats to join Norwich City midway through the 2006-07 season, moving on to Deepdale 12 months later.
Brown played in both Championship games for Preston North End against Rovers last season.
“They were both tough games, neither manager knew the best tactics to play because Rovers’ style of play always made it difficult to combat,” he said.
“They were always a team which played really good football and I’m pleased to be here and I’m looking to playing in the team.
“Hopefully I will be able to offer the side a different option. I knew a few of the players when I first came which helped me settle in quickly.
“When I signed I’d not done any organised training since leaving Preston at the end of last season. I’d done some running on my own but it is not the same as training with other people; you don’t tend to push yourself as hard.
“I’d also not done any ball work since last season so I was also behind the other lads in that aspect when I first came here as well.”
Brown made his debut as a signed Doncaster player in the 1-0 pre-season win at Mansfield 10 days ago.
He didn’t travel to Cumbria for Saturday’s game at Carlisle, staying behind to work on his fitness at the training ground along with fitness and conditioning coach Ross Burbeary.
But he was back in action in Tuesday night’s friendly at Bramall Lane, where he came on as a second half substitute.
Having suffered relegation with Preston last season, Brown knows only too well how tough a league the Championship is and he expects it to be even tougher this time around.
“It’s a tough league but I’ve been impressed with the quality of the players here and I think we’ll do well.” he said. “Hopefully we can get off to a good start and then kick on from there.”