Wayne Brown hoping to earn extended stay at Bristol Rovers
Forgotten man Wayne Brown is ready to take his chances between now and the end of the season in a bid to land an extended stay at Bristol Rovers.
The midfielder, pictured, made a long-awaited return to the side as a substitute in Saturday's 7-1 victory over Burton Albion at the Memorial Stadium, following a six-month spell out after sustaining a stress fracture of his right ankle.
Brown, who was signed by former manager Paul Trollope from Fulham in the summer of 2010, is now hoping to make up for lost time by using the remaining three games of the season to prove to recently-appointed manager Mark McGhee that he is worth a new deal when his contract expires in June.
Brown said: "Half the season has just vanished for me and, at times, it felt like a lot longer. It has been frustrating and there were occasions when I was worried that I wouldn't make it back before the end of the season.
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"The healing process wasn't progressing at the rate I was hoping. I was out on the pitch with Phil Kite at times and the foot was still weak and I was feeling the same pains.
"The last month has really seen me regain the strength in my foot and I'm ready to get going now. I need to get as much game time as I can and I also need to register a few good performances to put something in the gaffer's mind.
"He hasn't seen that much of me, but I think Shaun North (assistant manager), pictured, knows how I was at the start of the season and how I like to play, so he'll have some idea.
"We'll just have to see what happens, but I'm really looking forward to being a part of things.
"I love the tempo the gaffer likes to get us to train at and he also likes us to pass the ball, so I'm looking forward to being a strong member of the team." Brown was introduced as a 69th-minute replacement for Jim Paterson on Saturday and had a hand in one of the goals as Rovers romped to a stunning victory.
He added: "I couldn't wait to get back out on the pitch after so long. I was delighted just to get a few minutes at the end. I've been back in training for about five weeks, but the gaffer told me I had to be patient and wait for the right sort of game.
"I needed more training under my belt because there are no reserve games in which to build your sharpness.
"I was grateful to finally get my chance and I got a great reception from the crowd when I came on, which was really pleasing."