Brown Makes Surprise Move To Join Bollywood-Owned Club

Author: Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd

Deshorn Brown, the Jamaican international, has joined top-flight Indian team NorthEast United that is owned and operated by Bollywood actor John Abraham.

The 30-year-old striker has made the move to the club, based in Assam, after surprisingly leaving fellow Indian Super League side Bengaluru FC by mutual consent. He represented Bengaluru FC in 20 matches and scored seven times since joining in January 2020. However, Brown was not part of their recent match-day squad, which sparked rumours of a shock move.

NorthEast United, also known as NEUFC, represent the eight states of India known as North East India that comprise Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizora, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura. Brown, who has played 14 games for Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz since making his debut in 2013, joins a trio of international stars at NorthEast United with Ghana striker Kwesi Appiah, Mauritius midfielder Khassa Camara and Belgium defender Benjamin Lambot his new team-mates.

  

Manchester Parish-born Brown kicked off his football career in the United States at college with Alabama-based Mobile Rams and represented other teams in the USA until signing for Oslo-based Vålerenga in the Norwegian top tier in 2015.

Brown was sold to the wealthy Chinese club Shenzhen for a then massive fee of US$1.2m (£900,000) in 2016, grabbing a hat-trick on his debut in the victory over Shanghai Shenxin FC. Seven goals in 14 matches during his single season in China’s top tier secured a move to Tampa Bay Rowdies in 2017 and subsequent teams in the US, before surprisingly signing for Spanish minnows Lorca FC the following year.

He returned to the USA by joining Oklahoma-based USL Championship side OKC Energy FC for the 2018-19 campaign, scoring 16 goals in 34 games and last January joined reigning Indian Super League champions Bengaluru FC.

Brown offers experience and proven firepower to Jamaica head coach Theodore Whitmore, who is busy exploring all players ahead of tackling the 2022 World Cup qualifiers that are set to kick-off for the Boyz in September.

By Hayden Schiff from Cincinnati, USA 

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