Stage set for Brown to make impression
DAVID CUFFLEY New signing Chris Brown has described Carrow Road as a “great stage” on which to unleash his full potential for the benefit of Norwich City. Brown joined the Canaries on Thursday in a £325,000 deal, signing a 2½-year contract after passing a medical and agreeing personal terms.
New signing Chris Brown has described Carrow Road as a “great stage” on which to unleash his full potential for the benefit of Norwich City.
Brown joined the Canaries yesterday in a £325,000 deal, signing a 2½-year contract after passing a medical and agreeing personal terms.
“I am delighted to be coming to such a good club with an ambitious manager,” said the 22-year-old.
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Brown, who was due to be introduced to the media at lunchtime today, told the club's official website: “It's a great platform for me, a great stage. Once I came down and met the staff here and looked around I decided to make the move happen and do my utmost to get Norwich City promoted to the Premier League.”
Manager Peter Grant was thrilled with his second signing of the January transfer window after the completion of Luke Chadwick's move from Stoke.
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He said in his exclusive Evening News column: “I'm delighted to have signed Chris. He will offer us something different to add to what we already have up front. He has great experience, but also great potential.
“He's technically very good. He has a lovely touch for a big man. He's young, there's a bit of rawness in his game.
“I know he's had a stop-start career up to now and he knows he has got to add things to his game but I'm sure with the experience we can give him and with the coaching staff we have here, he's more than capable of doing that. And who better to help him than Dion Dublin?”
Subject to Football League and FA clearance, Brown will be available for City's Championship match against Plymouth Argyle at Carrow Road tomorrow. He has been given squad number 14.
The 6ft 3in target man came through the youth ranks at the Stadium of Light and was a prolific scorer at that level. The son of former Sunderland player Alan Brown - who played in the 1970s - he broke into Sunderland's first team in 2003 after a year on the sidelines following a serious knee ligament injury.
He has scored 11 goals in 35 starts for the Black Cats and also enjoyed successful loan spells with Hull and Doncaster, helping Doncaster to promotion in 2004.
He has scored three times in 16 games for Sunderland this season.
He played in Sunderland's 1-0 defeat at Carrow Road in November.