Sunderland star Brown delighted to be back

Wes Brown celebrates his goal yesterday

Wes Brown celebrates his goal yesterday

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WES BROWN says he is delighted to be back in the Sunderland fold after continuing his comeback with a goal-scoring contribution in their Barclays Asia Trophy victory over Spurs, writes Chris Young in Hong Kong.

Brown has not featured competitively for Sunderland since January, 2012, with the Echo revealing yesterday how the Black Cats were ready to reach a settlement over the remaining two years of the centre-half’s contract.

But the 33-year-old, who aggravated a knee problem in South Korea last summer, has trained for the entirety of Sunderland’s pre-season programme.

And after his header helped Sunderland vanquish Spurs 3-1 yesterday, to set up a clash with Manchester City in Saturday’s Barclays Asia Trophy final, Brown is delighted to be contributing to the first-team again.

Brown told the Echo today: “It’s good to be back, it’s been a long time.

“It was good to get a few more minutes under my belt on Wednesday and carry on the pre-season as I have been doing.

“It’s always a bonus to get a goal, but first and foremost, it’s just good to be back in training, doing everything back with the lads.

“Training has been hard, I’m not going to lie.

“But we’ve done it and hopefully that will help us and get us going to a good start in the season.”

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