MICKY Barron has only been in charge of Hartlepool United for just over a week – but already he’s made his first signing.
For, in handing James Brown his first start in nearly eight months against Brentford seven days ago, the Pools caretaker boss admits it feels like a new addition to the squad.
The injury-plagued forward was set to start for the first time this season against Stevenage last month, only for a groin strain to strike on the eve of the game.
Brown has been nursed back to fitness at Maiden Castle since then but was thrown straight into the starting line-up by Barron for the trip to the capital.
And, while the result did not go the way they had planned, Brown’s performance was one of many positives from the 2-1 defeat.
Positioned on the right-hand side of a front three, Brown was a constant threat with his weaving runs and clever hold-up play.
And Barron is hoping that display can form the foundation for an injury-free run for the talented 24-year-old.
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