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9th December 2004 17:31

Mansfield complete Brown capture
Mansfield have completed the signing of West Brom midfielder Simon Brown for an initial fee of £50,000.
The 21-year-old had been on a season-long loan at Kidderminster but has now signed an 18-month contract at Field Mill, with the option of another year.

Brown could end up costing the Stags £100,000 based on their achievements, and there is a 50% sell-on clause too.

Albion reserve-team boss Gary Shelton said: "He's come on a lot and could progress to an even higher level."
Brown joins Mansfield

ON THE MOVE...Simon Brown in action for Kidderminster
SIMON Brown has ended his season-long loan at Kidderminster to join fellow League Two outfit Mansfield Town on a permanent basis.

The 21-year-old midfielder has recovered from the leg injury he suffered while at Aggborough earlier in the season to join the Field Mill side.

Albion will receive an initial £50,000 for the youngster, who came through the Hawthorns ranks but never made a first team appearance for the Baggies, plus a further £50,000 depending on the Stags' league status.

And the deal also includes a 50 per cent sell on clause on any profit.

Hawthorns reserve team boss Gary Shelton said: "I'm pleased for Simon.

"He's done really well at Kidderminster and when I've spoken to people down there they've been impressed with him.

"They're disappointed he's going but they understand it's a good move for him.

"He's come on a lot and is ready for first team football.

"I've seen him a few times this season and he's been the best player on the pitch by a long way.

"He could progress to an even higher level."

Brown first went out on loan to Harriers towards the end of last season when he scored his first league goals.

And he became something of a first-team regular at Aggborough until being sidelined through injury.

No appearances for West Brom.
19 league games (plus 2 as substitute) for Kidderminster on loan. Missed the game at Field Mill in August following a red card against Darlington.
2 league goals (both last season), plus one league cup goal this season, against Cardiff.

Details from Soccerbase:
Simon Brown
All time playing career
Club From To Fee League FA Cup League cup Other
Kidderminster 06-07-2004 Loan 11 (2) 0 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 1 1 (0) 0
Kidderminster 25-03-2004 09-05-2004 Loan 8 (0) 2 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0 0 (0) 0
West Brom 01-07-2002 Trainee No appearance data available
Totals £0 19 (2) 2 0 (0) 0 1 (0) 1 1 (0) 0
http://www.wba. co.uk
Simon Brown
Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 18/09/1983
Height: 5' 7" (170cm)
Weight: 11st 0lbs (69.92kg)
Position: Midfielder
Brown went out on loan to League Two outfit Kidderminster Harriers towards the end of last season where he scored his first league goals.
The young midfielder has returned to Aggborough this term, becoming something of a regular for Jan Molby's men.
Brown made a surprise appearance on the pitch for the Baggies at EwoodPark in the Baggies' final Premiership away trip two seasons ago, but though he warmed up with his senior colleagues - as he did the following week against Newcastle - Brown didn't make it onto the bench.
Nevertheless, the first-year pro has already made a big impression on Baggies fans who have checked out the reserve team over the last two years, where he has become something of a regular for Gary Shelton's men.
With good close control and passing ability, Brown could be the next product of Albion's youth system to make it to the first team.

mansfieldtown.net reports that the Brown deal is completed. The Football Club has just heard back from the Football League that Simon Brown is now officially a Mansfield Town FC player.

This news marks the end of a two week saga that has seen wrangling between the two clubs then was a 'hic up' with the FA and the Football League regarding registration. But finally we can bring you all the good news that Simon will be joining the squad on Tuesday when the Stags travel to Darlington.

Brown has signed an initial eighteen month contract with a one year extension in a transfer costing £50,000 but could reach well over £100k based on achievement.
Earlier mansfieldtown.net reported that the saga surrounding the signing of West Brom youngster Simon Brown is close to been completed with Stags Chairman Keith Haslam working through the weekend to try and conclude the signing of the 21 year old midfielder.

The chairmen from both clubs were in talks through Brown's agent and a deal struck to the tune of: £50,000 rising to over £100,000 on achievement that will see Brown signing an initial 18 month deal with an option for a further year.

Stags Chairman Keith Haslam said this morning:

"A deal has been agreed with the West Brom chairman and the player has signed his contract the only thing we have to wait for now is final confirmation that it has completed as we got a call this morning from the West Brom secretary asking for us to put the terms of the transfer in writing which we have done.

"I am pleased to have captured Simon as he is a pacy player which should prove to be one of the up and coming talents of this division. West Brom regard him highly as the fee involved reflects there isn't a lot of money in football at the moment and the only players that do demand a fee are respected, proven goal scorers. I believe he is a good acquisition for this football club." He told the official website this morning.

Caretaker Carlton Palmer added:

"The lad has got great pace, great ability and I believe that him only being 21 is an added bonus. The players we have now are on big money and are short term so the chairman has invested in a young player who doesn't demand so much in wages but Simon will be compensated later on if he does as well as we expect him to.

"It's been a while but the lad has made it clear that he wants to come here and I am delighted that we now have an option on the bench. He will be going straight into the squad but not the starting eleven but as I said it is nice to have the option on the bench to cover Derek Asamoah and Wayne Corden as he can play in any of the forward positions."

Meanwhile, the Stags have secured the services of experienced midfield ace Layton Maxwell.

The experienced 25 year old started his career of at Premiership club Liverpool and has had stints at Stockport, Cardiff and Swansea came to Field Mill a couple of months ago training with the team and playing in reserve games. His patience has been awarded by signing a non-contract based agreement this morning which should see him in the sixteen on a regular basis.

Chairman Keith Haslam said "it is good to see the team taking shape, we have been threadbare for some time now and I appreciate that the fans have been getting un-nerved but now we are starting to get a healthy mixture of experience and youth giving us more options than we previously had"

Height 5'8"
Weight 12.00
Date of birth 03/10/79
Place of birth St. Asaph
Position Midfielder
Preferred Foot Right
Nationality Welsh
Goals in 03/04 0
Squad Number 11

Layton Maxwell

Layton Maxwell's record at Anfield will go down as one game played and one goal scored.

After some impressive performances in Joe Corrigan's Reserve team, Gerard Houllier handed the Welsh under-21 international left winger his chance against Hull City in a Worthington Cup tie with Hull City at Anfield in September 1999.

He certainly made his mark having a fine game and scoring an excellent goal in front of the Kop, but he was never seen in a Red shirt again.

Maxwell was loaned out to Stockport County for the whole of the 2000-2001 season before joining Cardiff City on a free transfer in July 2001.
mansfieldtown.net, 9 Dec 04
Palmer on Maxwell
Another new face at Field Mill this week has been Layton Maxwell who started his career at Liverpool before moving on to Swansea, Stockport and Cardiff before arriving in Nottinghamshire as a free agent.
"Layton was brought into the club by Keith Curle and Ivan (Hollett) had mentioned him to me. I have seen him play so know a bit about him. He is not fully match fit at the moment but he is a better option than the kids at the moment. I don't want to be throwing the kids in at the moment so I decided to get Layton in on a non contract basis offering us an option. I will play if I have to and that is why I have brought him in" said caretaker Manager Palmer.

Finally, left back Jason Talbot has been dealt a blow finding out that he will have to miss out on Tuesday evening's clash against Darlington. Talbot was admitted to the hospital over the weekend with an infection in his toe. Caretaker manager Palmer explained:

"Talbot has spent weekend in the hospital with a toe infection, they have put him on a course of antibiotics and he may need an operation to remove the infection but that's football.

"He is neat and tidy defender but more than that he is an outright defender so we hope to get him back as soon as possible."

Some good news on the injury front is that Fraser Mclachlan should be back in contention for the Saturday game at Home against Rushden & Diamonds"

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