FAN FAVOURITE Sean Brain has made a remarkable comeback to Bromsgrove Sporting, less than three weeks after making the move to Northern Premier League Division One South outfit Rugby Town.
The Standard reported at the end of September that the 21-year-old striker had accepted a move to the Butlin Road-based side, who play two levels above Midland League Division One, just a day before he was set to make his 100th appearance for Sporting.
Brain was apparently promised first team football and a run of games, however, after appearing for the full 90 minutes on his home debut in a 2-0 defeat to Northwich Victoria at the start of October, he failed to appear in the 3-3 draw at Bedworth United in the FA Trophy the week after.
Following discussions with manager Gary Moran, Brain was also told he would be utilised more as a wide player rather than a central striker, something which did not sit well with Sporting’s top goalscorer last season.
And in a dramatic U-turn, the former Stratford Town youth player announced on social media yesterday (Tuesday) he had returned to the Victoria Ground.
Sporting boss Paul Smith said: “It was always a big decision for Sean to go because of how close he is to me and how much the fans love him so things needed to be perfect.
“He was promised a run of games which hasn’t happened so that put him on the back foot and then he was told he would be a wide player and not a striker, a position he does not enjoy playing.
“Sean was missing the crack of the way we do things here at Bromsgrove and he dropped me call saying he was sorry and asked if he could come back or if he should look for football elsewhere.
“I’ve got a soft spot for Sean so I could not say no but he understands that he’s got to wait for his turn in the squad – he’s not going anywhere now, he’s got his head down and he wants to help us win the league.
“He’s already getting plenty of friendly banter from the players asking how his holiday in Rugby was but Bromsgrove is a big club to be leaving at the moment and it shows the grass is not always greener on the other side.”
While Brain has rejoined the attacking line up at the Rouslers, young defender Lucky Nwosu is expected to complete a move to fellow Midland League Division One side Racing Club Warwick after his seven days’ notice was waived by Smith.
Midfielder Dale Edwards is also the subject to seven day approaches from Highgate United and Studley.
“Lucky was hoping to play more first team games than he has done after progressing from the under-21s but he understands competition is fierce right now,” Smith added.
“We wish Lucky all the best in the future but hopefully Dale won’t go anywhere as I’m not looking to move him out.
“I’ve given him my advice and hopefully he will take it rather than rushing to a decision.”