Wes Brown has finally put pen to paper on a deal that sees him at the club until 2012, following months of speculation regarding his future. Talks broke down after Brown felt he wasn’t being offered a salary that was in line with his contribution to the club, particularly in comparison to the wages of players like John O’Shea.
Several months ago, Ferguson confirmed that the final offer had been made, to which there would be no improvements. Wes didn’t budge and an offer from Newcastle came in the January transfer window, which the club rejected. It was believed he would leave the club on a free at the end of the season, with Newcastle still strongly linked to signing him. Friends Nicky Butt and Alan Smith had previously made the move up North from United and it looked as though Brown was set to follow them.
Fast forward the clock a few months, and Wes, who has had more league appearances than any of our defenders this season, has a goal against the dippers to his name as well as a new four year deal. Both club and player reached a compromise. Today, Wes has spoken of the pride playing for his boyhood team gives him.
“Manchester United is a fantastic club and I am delighted to have signed a new deal,” Brown said. “To be part of a team I have supported all my life is a great honour. I can see this team winning many trophies in the coming seasons and it will be great to share in that success.”
Sir Alex Ferguson seems to be equally as happy, changing his hard faced stance of the passing months, when he had signalled his disappointment with an agreement not being made. “I am delighted Wes has signed a new contract, he has grown up at this club and is an integral part of the squad,” Ferguson said today. “He has done a great job during Gary’s absence and has been a major factor in our outstanding defensive performance.”
Great news for United that another born and bred player stays on the books. The difference these players who are passionate about United makes to our club is unmeasurable.
Brown has featured heavily this season, but with the return of Gary Neville and the summer transfer window on the way, how much will Brown represent the club in the next four seasons?