The November edition of the Inver Read is out now, available to buy at CS Sports and on Matchdays from the Club Shop and Tea & Coffee Kiosk.
Below we have an exclusive first look at the article introducing Academy graduate Sean Brown (pictured above signing his new contract with coach Andy Mitchell).
When the starting line-up was announced on social media ahead of our County Antrim Shield opener against Knockbreda back in September, supporters found themselves querying an unfamiliar name amongst the eleven.
“Who is Sean Brown?” is the question many asked themselves when reading the team, a fair question bearing in mind the 17-year-old defender hadn’t featured for Tiernan Lynch’s side at all throughout pre-season, never mind competitive action.
By the end of the 90 minutes, everyone at Inver Park knew who Sean Brown was. The right wingback showed energy, commitment and sheer quality in his debut and was deservedly named Man of the Match at the end of the game, leaving supporters asking for more in upcoming games.
Since then, Sean has made four starts in cup competitions and has signed his first professional contract at Inver Park, a landmark moment in his short career to date. He said, “I was absolutely buzzing to sign a twoyear pro deal. It was the aim and the reason why I first joined the club’s Scholarship Programme, which made signing the contract a proud moment for myself. “The dream to play football full-time started as a child when I would play football in the streets. As I got older, I spent at Celtic Boys, Cliftonville and then Glentoran, but it was Larne’s ambition as a full-time that meant I couldn’t say no to joining the Scholarship Programme.”
Naturally a full-back, the Northern Ireland Youth international believes his style of play is even more suited to the current system being adopted by the first team this season.
“I love getting up and down the pitch on the right side. I feel like I’m full of energy which allows me to get forward, play a part in our attacks by getting on the ball in the final third and getting crosses into the box. “While I would probably describe myself as more of a ‘modern day full-back’, I understand the need to get the balance right. Thankfully I equally enjoy defending, getting back in and helping the side be compact and keep clean sheets.”
Alongside receiving huge plaudits at club level, Sean has also impressed at international level and was selected for the Northern Ireland Super Cup squad who faced Manchester United in a series of exhibition games during the summer. “Playing against Manchester United twice was an amazing experience. It was probably the first time I had played in front of a really big crowd, which made it really special. United were obviously a fantastic side, so I learnt so much during the two games and playing in those types of games at my age will only make me a better player.”
With four senior appearances under his belt, Sean hopes to keep developing at a rapid rate alongside completing his studies within our Scholarship Programme. “Off the pitch I want to complete my education at the club and get the best results possible. From a footballing point of view, training with the first team as much as possible will further my development alongside getting minutes in front of crowds when I can.”