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6ft 4"


Young goalkeeper who rejoined the Pitmen on a permanent deal from league rivals Kidsgrove Athletic in February 2024

A tall, athletic goalkeeper, Stoke-based Brown started out as a junior at Port Vale, signing a professional deal at Vale Park in the summer of 2020 before being released the following summer. He joined Kidsgrove on a free transfer in August 2021 after a trial period - playing in a game against Port Vale in pre-season - and was immediately loaned out to local side Eccleshall to gain first-team experience in the first few weeks of the 2021-2022

After returning to Kidsgrove, he enjoyed a long run in the side after Kieran Harrison had departed for local rivals Hanley Town, playing nineteen games at step four that season. He had now established himself as Grove's number one at this point, having agreed a long-term deal with the club and played in over thirty games in the 2022-203 season as Kidsgrove finished in eighth place in the Northern Premier League West

Harrison's return to the club from Boldmere St. Michaels in the summer of 2023 saw Brown pushed down the pecking order at the start of the 2023-202 campaign, with Hednesford moving to bring the teenager in on a long-term loan as they looked to Brown to solve their problematic and leaky goalkeeping position that had already conceded twenty-four goals this season. Despite a shaky debut at Mossley, Brown went on to show tremendous composure and reliability between the sticks for the Pitmen over the next two months, making a string of man-of-the-match performances before the arrival of Kieran Boucher in December 2024 saw the player return to parent club Kidsgrove

With Harrison still very much Grove's number one going into 2024 and with Brown subjected to a place amongst the substitutes, Hednesford manager Harry Harris elected to bring Brown back to Keys Park on a permanent deal in February 2024 to give competition to the number one spot for the remainder of the 2023-2024 season. After Boucher's acrimonious departure a few weeks later, Brown cemented his spot as number one for the remainder of the season as the Pitmen were relegated to step five and swiftly handed a reprieve by the FA

In May 2024, Brown was one of only five players from the 2024-2025 squad to agree terms with the club for the forthcoming 2024-2025 campaign


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