It is an understood law in football that you should never go back to a club once you have left. Its reasoned logic, for if you were unsuccessful in your first spell then chances are there will be a low tolerance of any sub-par performances on your return (hello Mark Wilson), and if you had a profitable period first time around then the pressure is on to reproduce the magic. Chris Brown, who joined Rovers today from Preston, is very much in the latter of those categories, and he will return to Doncaster looking to recreate the highs of 2003-04.
It’s over seven years since Chris Brown, encouraged by his father, former Rovers player Alan Brown, first pitched up at Belle Vue on loan from Sunderland. Adding additional firepower to an already impressive strike force of Gregg Blundell and Leo Fortune-West, Brown hit double figures and contributed ten important goals as Doncaster swept to the Division 3 title in their first season back in the League. From Sunderland to Norwich to Preston there have always been suggestions that Brown would return to Rovers and now those murmurings have come true.
“It was easy to make the decision to come back to Rovers,” Chris Brown told the official club website earlier today. “I was surprised how at home I felt when I had a look round Doncaster and even more so when I met people who were here when I was last at the club in 2004”. The striker joins Rovers in a two-year deal having been out of contract at Deepdale and is set to take over the number 9 shirt vacated by Steve Brooker. Brown certainly brings a different dimension to the otherwise diminutive Rovers attack, and hopefully he can stay fit for longer than his jersey’s last incumbant. In terms of former Rovers Brown will also be hoping to follow the example of Alick Jeffrey who of course did manage to successful spells as a striker in Doncaster.