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‘Committed’ Brown sets second season title target

Dennis Brown has nailed his colours to the Devonshire Cougars flag after signing a new contract to coach the Big Cats next season.

There had been murmurings that Brown may not return for the next campaign, with some supporters disappointed their team failed to challenge for the Premier Division title.

But, while it’s been a difficult first term for the former Somerset Trojans boss, he insisted he was committed to the cause and determined to put things right at the Den.

“The club management is behind me one hundred percent and I’m looking forward to next season. I will look to add to the team to give us more depth and competition for places to ensure that players perform to higher levels knowing that there is someone just as strong on the sidelines waiting to come on,” said Brown, who has penned a one-year deal with an option for a second year.

“In any top club the pressure to win trophies is high and there was pressure to succeed this season. People have to realise that going to a new team is very difficult because it’s like buying a home and renovating it to your liking.

“When you first buy a home there is not much you know about it until it rains hard, then you find out it has no leaks or many leaks.

“That is that same taking over a new team where the season is almost over and I’m just getting to know who I can count on to go to battle with and who hides when the going gets tough.”

Brown, a formidable defender in his day, also pointed to his track record of producing the goods in his second season at a club, and expects his winning mentality to rub off of his players.

“Historically, at Wolves and Somerset, my second season as a coach has always been better because it will be my own stamp on the team next season and not what I inherited this year,” said Brown, whose side are third in the Premier Division.

“There have been some good things and some things that were not so good that I have seen this season and I will give the team a fair rating for the season.

“I feel that we are a more organised team than when I started but next season we will be even better because they will know what to expect.

“In the end I have been a winner all my life and it will only be a matter of time before that really rubs off on the players to look to win and perform every game.”

During Cougars mid-season losing spell, Brown admitted he questioned his controversial decision to quit Trojans in the summer, just months after leading them to the First Division title.

“It was a huge challenge leaving the guys that I nurtured for the last seven years at Somerset and moving to a different environment, but if we always stay in our comfort zones then we will never know our true self and test our resolve and resiliency,” said Brown.

“During the season did I question my decision to leave Somerset? Definitely yes, but for the people close to me like my wife and BBFS partner Cal Blankendal, they encouraged me when I was down on myself when the team was not performing to my liking.

“We have gotten a lot better and I’m looking forward to next season already because I know that we will be close to the top, if not at the top, and challenging for the trophies that are there.”

Cougars end their campaign with a trip to St John’s Field to play champions Dandy Town on Sunday.

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Published March 15, 2012 at 2:00 am (Updated March 15, 2012 at 9:39 am)

‘Committed’ Brown sets second season title target

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