Leeds United manager Simon Grayson bolstered his squad with much needed experience on monday afternoon with the signing of 34 year old Michael Brown. The former Sheffield United, Tottenham, Wigan and Fulham man has amassed 524 appearances throughout his career, with most of them (200) coming at local rivals Sheffield United. However the Hartlepool born midfield enforcer was out of contract at Portsmouth and has put pen to paper on a one year deal with the added option of a further year.
Brown, known for his tough tackling will add extra steel to the United midfield and also give added protection to one of the leakiest defences in the championship during the 2010-11 season. Leeds lad Jonny Howson is also likely to benefit from the signing of a holding midfield player as this will allow him more freedom to go forward and perhaps improve on the 10 goals which he scored last campaign.
Speaking on the club's official website Grayson said: "We're delighted to finalise things with Michael. He is a player that I have long been interested in and I'm glad we've been able to sort things out for him to come here."
The former seaside favourite travelled to Scotland to complete the deal and meet his new team mates on their pre-season tour, he becomes Grayson's second summer signing following Paul Rachubka into Elland Road and could now make his debut against Falkirk on Wednesday night in Leeds' first pre-season friendly.