Bristol Rovers sign Wayne Brown from Fulham
PAUL Trollope hopes he is adding a goalscoring threat to Bristol Rovers' midfield after bringing Fulham's Wayne Brown back to the Memorial Stadium.
The 21-year-old, who had a brief spell on loan with the Pirates last season, has agreed a two-year deal and will arrive on a free transfer subject to a medical.
Brown, who came up through Fulham's academy, made four league outings for Rovers after he joined them in February. But an ankle injury cut short his stay – and the Premier League club later recalled him to their ranks before he could make further appearances.
"Wayne made a good impact in his brief spell with us, which, unfortunately, was halted by injury," said Trollope.
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"But in his appearances and his training with the group, he showed that he fitted in with how we did things and what we expect from a player in terms of his quality and his attitude.
"I think he was keen to get back to us as well and we've managed to do the deal. It will be signed subject to a medical, which will be undertaken very shortly, but a deal has been agreed and I'm very much looking forward to working with him."
Brown scored once during an 11-game loan stint with Brentford in 2008 and netted nine times in 25 outings for Finnish side TPS Turku the following year.
He made his Fulham debut against Rovers in their FA Cup third round replay in 2008, and his only Premier League outing came from the bench against Manchester United in February 2009.
"Wayne's a young player we feel we can develop and make good progress with. He has a real desire to get back to playing at a high level and, hopefully, he can do that with us," added Trollope.
"He's a very versatile player who can play in all positions across midfield, as well as off a single striker, and he will bring us creativity, as well as providing a goal threat from a midfield area."
Rovers chairman Nick Higgs said: "Hopefully this is the first of many signings this summer, as we seek to shape and strengthen our squad for next season.
"We are delighted to welcome Wayne back to the club after he impressed during his loan spell here. He is a talented and versatile youngster and we are all excited to have secured his services."
Trollope confirmed that talks are continuing with striker Paul Heffernan and defender Daniel Jones.
"We would like to tie them both up and are hoping for further news on both players by the end of the week," he said.
● Peterborough have completed the signing of Mark Little following his release from Wolves. The defender, 21, spent the back-end of this season on loan at the London Road club.
● Accrington Stanley striker Bobby Grant has agreed a move to Championship side Scunthorpe.
The 19-year-old, who scored 14 league goals in 42 appearances for Stanley this term, will join the Iron when his contract ends next month.