Reece Brown was once lauded as “Birmingham’s Prodigal Son [who] returned with renewed vigour and commitment” by the Birmingham Mail. Now three years later, but how is the former Blues player is doing right now.
With the EURO 2020 coming up next year, England must keep on investing in youth players. Fans are always keen to see new talents emerge from the academy of their favourite club and whether they can go on and make it in the first team. So, what about Reece Brown? How is the 23-year old performing?
Reece, born in Dudley on 3 March 1996, progressed through the ranks at the St Andrews, through the Academy, initially joining the Club as a 10-year-old. Everyone at the club had known about the midfielder’s lavish ability for a very long time, indeed he made his first team debut as a 17-year-old in September 2013. He signed his first professional contract when joining Sky Bet League 1 team Notts County. He would only play 3 games in total for Notts County.
Reece was a youth international for teams up to the Under-20 level and was even being linked with possible moves to Manchester City, West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth but decided to stay put. Brown made 20 appearances for Blues but then went on a loan spell at Chesterfield in January 2017, eventually leaving the club that summer.
The young Englishman decided to take a step back and joined Forest Green, a Fourth Tier team. He played regularly, mainly in the number ten role. He started adding goal-scoring to his game. Reece finished the 2018–19 season with double figures of both goals and assists from 52 appearances in all competitions, securing himself a place in the PFA League Two Team of the Year.
Amid interest from Championship clubs including Bristol City and Leeds United, Forest Green offered Brown a new contract at the end of season 2018-19. But June 2019, he signed a three-year contract with Huddersfield Town, who were relegated from the Premier League. Up to now, he has only played one EFP Cup game and is still to make his debut in the Championship for them.