Brown back at rovers

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DONCASTER Rovers have added to their strike power by signing former Premier League forward Chris Brown.

The 26 year-old signed a two-year contract yesterday afternoon after passing a medical 24 hours earlier.

Brown, stands 6ft 3in, was a free agent after being released by Preston North End following their relegation from the Championship at the end of last season.

Brown underwent a series of fitness tests, similar to the rest of the players when they reported back after pre-season training, at the training ground yesterday.

But he will not be involved in tomorrow’s second warm-up game against Barrow at Holker Street.

Said Brown: “I’ve been training on my own for a couple of weeks so I need a couple of days training with the lads before I play. I might get to play at Mansfield”

Brown joined the Deepdale club in a £400,000 move from Norwich City during the January 2008 transfer window.

He made 91 appearances for the Lilywhites, including several against Rovers, scoring 17 goals. He had joined the Canaries, where he struggled to make an impact, from Sunderland in a £325,000 deal 12 months earlier.

The son of former Rovers’ player Alan Brown, who went on to become a manager, Doncaster-born Brown was a prolific scorer in junior football prior to joining Sunderland.

He later joined Rovers on loan to gain experience following their promotion back to the Football League after five seasons in the Conference, in the 2003-04 season.

He played 22 games for Dave Penney’s side, and his ten goals helped them win the Third Division title at the first attempt

Brown returned to Sunderland the following season and enjoyed a second successive promotion as the champions of the newly-named Championship.

He spent most of the first half of Sunderland’s ill-fated Premier League campaign on loan at Hull City.

He became a regular on his return to the club in the second half of the season but couldn’t prevent them being relegated with a record low of just 15 points.

Commenting on his decision to link-up with Rovers again, Brown said: “I spoke to (manager) Sean (O’Driscoll) last week and it’s been on-going since.

“But it was easy to make the decision to come back to Rovers. Phil Brown (Preston boss) indicated he wanted me to stay.

“But I wanted to see what was out there and as soon as Rovers came in I knew it was the only club I would leave for.”

He added: “I was surprised how at home I felt when I had a look round Doncaster.

“Even more so when I met people like Dave Morris (chief executive). Dave Richards (kit manager) and others like media manager Steve Uttley, who were here when I was last at the club in 2004.”