Central Coast Mariners have signed Wales youth international Jonathan Brown to the end of the season.
“The club is always looking at ways to improve its playing stocks and we see Jonathan as a very exciting prospect,” said Mariners Executive Chairman Lyall Gorman.
“He is only young, has plenty of energy and pace, and hopefully he can contribute to the club ending the 2009/10 season on a positive note.”
The 19-year-old right-winger ***** striker has already been capped for his nation six times at Under 21’s level, and joins the Gosford based club after coming through the youth system at Wales’ biggest club, Cardiff City.
Brown made two senior appearances for the Bluebirds in the English Championship as a 17-year-old before moving to Conference side Wrexham on loan, and scored four goals in 27 appearances during his time at the Racecourse Ground.
After trialling for League One club Leyton Orient but failing to win a deal at Brisbane Road, Brown tried his luck further afield, and when his CV landed on the desk of Mariners’ Football Manager Lawrie McKinna, the seed had been sown.
At just 19, McKinna hopes the teenager can gain valuable experience during his time on the coast.
“As soon as I saw his resume I spoke to Matt Crowell to ask after him and had some positive feedback, so we’ve had him in at training over the last few weeks and he’s looked good,” said McKinna.
“Only being 19 means he gives us plenty of options and he’s still developing, but from what we have seen of him at training he should be a good addition to the squad.
“He will add to the competition for spots in attack and that’s what we need at the moment, so we’ll see how he goes.”
The son of a former Welsh youth Rugby captain, Brown played the 15-man game as a youngster and was also a national age champion over 100 metres, but his decision to pursue a career in Football was vindicated when, at just 14, he made his debut for the Welsh Under 17’s national side in 2005.
The right-sided speedster says he’s looking forward to finally showing what he’s capable of.
“It’s been pretty frustrating waiting for visas and clearances but now everything has been sorted I can’t wait to play,” said Brown.
“I feel as though I’ve been training pretty well and now its time to take that onto the pitch and repay the faith the gaffer has shown in me.
“It’s a great bunch of lads here, they’ve all made me feel really welcome and part of the squad, and I’m just looking forward to getting out there now,” said Brown.