Report: Ex Sunderland defender Wes Brown training at Blackburn Rovers

Aston Villa's Leandro Bacuna shoots past the challenge of Sunderland's Wes Brown

The former Manchester United and England defender could be set for a move back to the North West.

Aston Villa's Leandro Bacuna shoots past the challenge of Sunderland's Wes BrownAston Villa's Leandro Bacuna shoots past the challenge of Sunderland's Wes Brown

Recently released Sunderland defender Wes Brown is training at Blackburn Rovers, according to a Sky Sports report.

Brown, who is most famous for a long and distinguished spell at boyhood club Manchester United, rarely featured under Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce last season, and was not offered a new contract when his previous deal expired.

The report says he will now be hoping to earn a contract at Ewood Park.

The 36-year-old was once a mainstay of the England squad, winning 23 caps over an eleven year period running all the way into the previous century.

Sunderland's Wes Brown and Patrick van Aanholt in action with Bournemouth's Junior StanislasSunderland's Wes Brown and Patrick van Aanholt in action with Bournemouth's Junior Stanislas

But the latter part of Brown's United career, and more than one of his seasons in the North-East, were hugely disrupted by injury. Two of Brown's five seasons at the Stadium of Light saw him make less than seven appearances in all competitions, and he didn't play for Sunderland again after a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth in January of this year.

However, though Brown is very much in the twilight of his career, he is still a vastly experienced player, and if he can stay fit would almost certainly be an impressive and influential addition to any Championship club.

Sunderland's Patrick Van Aanholt (R) and Wes Brown in action with Swansea's Andre AyewSunderland's Patrick Van Aanholt (R) and Wes Brown in action with Swansea's Andre Ayew

New Rovers boss Owen Coyle will be looking to improve on Blackburn's 15th place finish last season, with the Blue and Whites never really threatening to break into the top half of the table under Paul Lambert, and may well see Brown is a positive addition to his squad.

New Blackburn Rovers Manager Owen Coyle poses after the press conferenceNew Blackburn Rovers Manager Owen Coyle poses after the press conference

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