Leeds United manager Simon Grayson as hailed the signing of Michael Brown and claims the midfielder could be the missing link in his promotion chasing squad.

Brown has signed a one-year deal with Leeds after joining on a free transfer following his departure from Portsmouth at the end of the season.

And Grayson is delighted with the acquisition, who is says will lend more experience to the Whites' midfield.

"We looked at the situation and we knew we needed more experience in the middle of the park," Grayson said.

"He has played in the Premier League with Tottenham, Fulham, Wigan, and Portsmouth, and we felt it was a great opportunity to bring Michael in.


With Bradley Johnson having departed for Norwich City and Kasper Schmeichel to Leicester City, Grayson is keen to further improve the squad, putting special onus on the midfield - even with the addition of Brown.

"With the players we've lost, we did need to strengthen," he added. "We maybe need another in there, although we have Jonny [Howson] and Adam Clayton along with Michael now.

"It's just an area where I wanted someone with experience who can help the younger players through,

"When you look at his experience, he has played in front of big crowds with an expectancy, and he can only help us."

Former Sheffield United and Tottenham Hotspur man Brown has made over 500 career appearances and joins Leeds eight years after the club first showed an interest in him.

"Over the years there's been talk of me coming to Leeds, going back to when Peter Reid was manager. I know there was interest after that, it was a possibility a couple of times last season as well, but for whatever reason things never quite happened," he said.

"I'm really pleased to be here now though. Last year was frustrating for me at Portsmouth, and I can't wait to get started and get stuck in here."

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