WREXHAM’S on-loan winger Jon Brown is in no hurry to return to his parent club Cardiff City, but he’s hoping for a ringside seat at Ninian Park when the Bluebirds face Arsenal in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
The game at the end of this month will see the return to his first club of teenage Wales sensation Aaron Ramsey just 10 months after his £5m move to the Emirates.
And Brown, who came through the City youth system alongside the talented Gunners midfield player, aims to be at the reunion because Wrexham’s scheduled Blue Square Premier clash with Cambridge United has been brought forward 48 hours due to television coverage.
“I sent a text to Aaron as soon as I heard the draw,” said Brown yesterday.
“He was my best mate at Cardiff and I still keep in touch with him on a regular basis. We are really close and I’ve been up to London to stay with him, so it’s a fantastic draw for him and it should be a great day for City.”
Brown, who has agreed to extend his Dragons loan into a second month, is delighted that Ramsey has already forced his way into Arsenal’s first team and played in their third-round victory over Plymouth.
But he said: “I’ll be supporting City, of course. Aaron has done really well since his move, considering he has only just turned 18, and I hope he plays against us.
“But I don’t want him to play well enough to turn the game in Arsenal’s favour because everyone at City wants to try and repeat last year’s success in the Cup.”
With two goals from his seven outings to date with Wrexham, Brown jumped at the chance of further first-team experience and was as disappointed as anyone by last Saturday’s postponement at Ebbsfleet United.
“The decision to call it off came just as we were ready to leave the hotel,” he said. “It was a bit of a blow, but it must have been worse for the supporters en route, and now everyone is keeping their fingers crossed that we’ll get back into action on Saturday.
“I’m more than happy to stay on for a while longer because I don’t think I would get a look in at Cardiff at the moment as far as first-team football is concerned. So I am better off here playing regularly because I am not going to improve if I’m sat on the bench or in the stand at Cardiff every weekend.”
In other transfer window developments at the Racecourse, defender Kyle Critchell has joined Blue Square Premier side York City on a month-long loan and could come into contention for tonight’s visit to his former club, Weymouth.
Wrexham manager Dean Saunders said: “Kyle is not fit enough at present to get into my team so the time with York will do him some good. I want him to get some matches under his belt and we’ll review the situation in a month’s time.”
Saunders also confirmed that Nat Brown’s loan at Macclesfield Town has been extended for the remainder of the season, although Darran Kempson and Simon Brown are back at Wrexham after spells with Forest Green Rovers and Rushden & Diamonds respectively.
On his own squad-strengthening plans, the Dragons boss added: “We will be out watching games all through the week, weather permitting, to look at players that have been recommended to us.
“There are a lot of young footballers out there – like Jon Brown – who are not getting enough games with their clubs.
“They need to get away to further their careers, but where possible I want to check them out myself before committing myself to bringing them here.”