WHEN Jordan Brown finally gets to make his Championship debut for Derby County - and surely it will happen - he is likely to find himself in familiar company.
That's because of Rams boss Phillip Cocu's current policy of blooding home-bred youngsters - like new first team sensation Louie Sibley.
Sibley, 18, who has been playing alongside Brown in the Rams youth teams, helped himself to a hat-trick in Derby's 3-2 win at Millwall on Saturday.
Brown, a product of Cheadle SMU juniors set-up, has caught the eye over the past year as a regular member of Derby's U-23s squad.
Whether playing anywhere across the backline or even in midfield, Brown, who turned only 19 this month, proved a reliable performer playing 24 times in all competitions for Derby's successful U18's last season.
The Young Rams success on home soil shot the club into the UEFA U19s Championship this season for the first time.
Brown, a former Cheadle Academy student, was invited to train with the Derby first team squad by then Derby manager Frank Lampard towards the end of the 2018-19 campaign - and he now finds himself in a similar favour with new boss Cocu.
There was a hint of more progress for Brown to come when Cocu granted him a first team debut in the recent friendly against Stoke City - the club that broke his heart when releasing him as a schoolboy.