Lincoln City defender Jaden Brown has departed the club, heading to St Mirren on loan until the end of the season.
Brown has 16 outings for the Imps this season, but only four of those have been starts in League One. He struggled for game time under previous coach Mark Kennedy, and that has continued under Michael Skubala. He moves to a St Mirren side ten points behind third-placed Hearts in the SPFL but still hunting a spot in Europe.
“Jaden needs regular football, and this is a chance for him to put himself in a better position ahead of next summer,” said City’s director of football, Jez George.
“St Mirren are a good club, with a good manager, who constantly overachieve, and this is a good opportunity for Jaden that we are happy to facilitate.”
↩️ Jaden Brown has joined @SaintMirrenFC on loan until the end of the season.
— Lincoln City FC 🇺🇦 (@LincolnCity_FC) January 26, 2024
Brown began his career as a youth at Spurs and represented England up to Under 19 level. He didn’t break through in North London, instead moving to Huddersfield Town on a free transfer. After 28 Championship appearances in two years, his contract was not renewed, and he moved to Sheffield Wednesday.
The story was much the same at Hillsborough in League One. He appeared sporadically over a two-year period, making 20 League One appearances, nine of those last season, as the Owls were promoted. However, as with the Terriers, his contract was not renewed, and the 25-year-old joined the Imps in the summer.
Most recently, he has appeared for the Imps in games against Blackpool and Cambridge, both times as a second-half sub, but he appears to be some way down the pecking order. He has a two-year deal with the Imps, set to expire in summer 2025.
They’re clearing the decks at Lincoln. Mide Shodipo, Jack Vale (terminated loan), HAkeeb Adelakun, Alistair Smith, and now Jaden Brown have all exited this window. Despite being short on numbers over the Christmas period, Brown was unable to force his way into the team, and fans were of the belief he’d be gone, on loan at least.
There’s a player in there, somewhere. He’s quick, can cross a ball, and still has youth on his side, but he’s now struggled at three different EFL clubs, and that’s not a good sign. Perhaps a move north of the border is a chance to reset and find his feet before looking for a fresh challenge.