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Lee Clark: County move will help Brown’s development

Posted: Thu 28 Aug 2014

Lee Clark hopes that Reece Brown’s loan move to League One side Notts County will help him progress as a player.

The 18-year-old is the latest Blues youngster to be allowed to go out on a short-term deal to another club, following on from Nick Townsend and Koby Arthur.

And the Blues boss says he still actively looking to send out more of his promising youngsters.

“It’s a bit of a balancing act with the younger pro’s like Reece that are in and around the first team,” said the Blues boss.

“In terms of Reece, he’s been on the bench for us, but has been on the fringes and hasn’t really entered the fray as much as he probably would have hoped. We’re quite strong in the midfield area with the players we have so I’m using this for my own benefit really in terms of getting him experience.

"I know he’s going to play at the start of the loan; he’s not going there to be on the bench. It’s then up to Reece and he will have to perform to stay in their team and hopefully in that period he will get between five and seven games.”

Clark feels that a club of Notts County’s size and expectations will be a good match for Brown.

“We played Notts County in pre-season and we’ve got a good relationship with Shaun Derry (the manager) and his assistant Greg Abbott,” said Clark.

“Reece obviously caught their eye in the friendly. He’ll get to play a good standard of football with a team that is competing in a tough league.

“They’ve got high expectations for that division and the fans will be demanding

“By allowing Reece and others to go clubs like that where they’re going to be tested, they’ll come back better players.

“We’re currently looking to three or four more of these deals.”
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