Fresh start for Brown

It has been a frustrating start to James Brown’s time at the Jets but he is determined to get back to his best in 2013.

It has been a frustrating start to James Brown-s time at the Newcastle Jets but the midfielder is determined to get back to his best in 2013.

Brown missed the first part of the season due to ankle surgery, then returned and played six games before needing to rest his ankle.

He has played the last two games off the bench, and feels he is starting to run more freely on the pitch.

“My ankle is feeling a lot better, I had a cortisone injection two weeks ago and it has settled it right down.

“I think I am getting back to full fitness and I am feeling free out there and fitter too.”

While Brown doesn-t want to use his ankle troubles as an excuse for his form, he is hoping a return to fitness will also see a return to form.

“We are half way through the season and I haven-t had much game time or been scoring goals, so the way so I see it is I haven-t been doing my job, and what I have been brought down here to do,” the 22-year old said.

“I have settled in, and making no excuses but the ankle hasn-t helped my cause.

“The ankle has had a part to do with it but also my confidence, when I am not moving how I want to, it has impacted on my game.

“It is a new year, my ankle is feeling good so I will start fresh and see how I go.”

Brown has been included in an extended squad for Saturday-s Round 15 game against Adelaide United at Hunter Stadium.

“I hope to get more game time, but whatever the Gary has in store for me I am more than happy to do for the team and I think we are due a win this weekend,” he added.