Date: 30th January 2017 at 9:53am
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Wes Brown’s involvement at Blackburn since the former Manchester United defender signed has been limited but he’s still enjoying the game and has no plans to quit.

Brown’s early chances came in the Checkatrade Trophy in a defeat against Carlisle with him also involved against Oldham. When playing in that competition the 37 year old was lining up with – and against – players some 20 years his junior in some instances.

He’s since played some part in the Championship with Brown telling Sky Sports he’s no plans on retiring all the while he’s still loving the game.

Playing with those from the U21 side means he can look to pass on his experience to them and is happy to play football at any level.

‘I have always said I will try to carry on as long as I can. I just love it. Even when it is Carlisle away and half the team are half his age? “Do you know why I like it?” Because I know that it helps them. I know players who get put in the reserves and moan, but I just want to play. I always give 100 per cent. Even in a game like that you can make a point. It’s about working hard all the time. It doesn’t matter what I have won or how old I am you have always got to try your best.’

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‘I have reached that age now where I just want to help out where I can. At the moment, if you ask me whether I’m gutted about not playing I would say no because the young lads are really good. We really have got some good young players.’

Brown isn’t able to train as much as he would like due to his knee problems with him very much managed sensibly these days with him also starting his coaching career with Blackburn. He started on his UEFA ‘A’ Licence last year and will complete the course in the summer.

On coaching he added.

‘I had never done any of that side of it before but I am enjoying it. It is different. It is about all sides of the game, working with the strikers, the midfield and the defence. It’s everything you would expect a manager or a coach to do. I watch a lot more of what is going on now. I take more notice of what the coaches are doing.’

Blackburn are now battling to stay in the Championship with relegation not something Brown will want on his CV with it – simply put – a case of points needing to be picked up and fast.

‘We just need to be picking up points at the moment. We aren’t playing too badly but we’re just letting in goals at the wrong times. We’re not helping ourselves. It’s about focusing on how to win a game.’

He’s confident of Rovers securing Championship status though.

‘We need to learn how to shut shop and I don’t just mean defenders when I say that, I mean everyone. There are a lot of individual errors being made and if you look at the games where that’s not happened, we have won comfortably. That’s what we have to work on. But I’m still optimistic because we know what we have to do. Obviously, we’re in a bit of trouble at the moment but it only takes two wins and we are out of it. Don’t get me wrong, that’s not all we want to do but if you win a couple on the bounce you can go from there.’

One of these Brown could help to continue to develop as he looks to become a first team regular is Joe Rankin-Costello.

The 17 year old – who also has previous with Man United – signed his first professional contract recently with the midfielder signing a two and a half year contract that will take him through until 2019.

He’s been a regular in the U18, U21 and development squad since his arrival during the 2014-15 season with his next step being to force his way into Owen Coyle’s first team squad in the not too distant future.

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