SNJ sports editor Ashley Loveridge has covered Forest Green Rovers for 18 years, here he gives his thoughts on Reece Brown's move to Huddersfield Town.

When I first met Reece his career was in freefall. He'd fallen off the football wheel at Championship outfit Birmingham City who released the former England U20 starlet in the summer of 2017.

The likes of Lee Clark, Gary Rowett and Gianfranco Zola had appreciated his talent, but the boy just hadn't clicked until Mark Cooper took him under his wing. 

My first impressions weren't great - he refused to do conduct a signing day media interview at the New Lawn, but this was more through shyness than any perceived arrogance.

Fast-forward two years and he's now a confident 23-year-old man with an engaging personality and a ready smile - more than happy to interact with the media at local and national level.

A talent which once rubbed England youth shoulders with the likes of Demarai Gray and Mason Holgate is now set to return to a level more akin to his ability.

Cooper and highly regarded assistant manager Scott Lindsey deserve credit for helping Brown get back on track and he certainly got his mojo back last season.

At times last season he was like a conductor with a baton – orchestrating Rovers from the middle of the park.

When he first joined Rovers he was very inconsistent, but that is certainly not the case now and while he didn't have the greatest time in the play-offs, unfortunately, last season he was really at it and even took the captain’s armband, such was his growing reputation.

Some of the goals he scored were truly outstanding and he glided across the pitch with balletic grace, and to get to double figures is no mean feat for any midfielder - not to mention his creative influence with 15 assists (to add to 11 goals).

Out of the whole team at Rovers, you would say Reece is the one who could comfortably slip into a Championship side and Huddersfield are getting the real deal.

They are not signing a rookie, because he has plenty of experience and pedigree, and he has definitely learned a lot under Cooper.

He has become a kingpin at Forest Green and I could see him flourishing at Huddersfield.

The fans up there might not be jumping through hoops right now at the thought of him signing, but he is a confident type and I think he's a player the fans will love in a few months’ time if he's given the opportunity to show what he can do.