Brown revelling in Cairney’s rise

Cairney, 19, made his debut in last weekend’s 2-2 draw with

relegation rivals Wolves and impressed sufficiently to keep his

place when title-chasing Chelsea came to town on Tuesday. The

Nottingham-born youngster produced another excellent performance in

the 1-1 draw with Carlo Ancelotti’s side and can have high hopes of

starting again on Saturday when Manchester City come to the KC

Stadium despite growing competition for places. Though the club

currently sit third from bottom in the Premier League, Brown

believes the emergence of Cairney and steady progress of fellow

youngsters Liam Cooper and Mark Cullen is evidence of a positive

future for the cash-strapped club. The Tigers boss said: “Tom

Cairney, in the light of Jimmy Bullard’s long-term injury and one

or two falling by the wayside in terms of form and then Seyi

Olofinjana going to the African Nations Cup, has grabbed his

chance. “When Seyi got back the first question he asked was ‘I

believe Tom has played well?’ Because there is a genuine belief and

togetherness. While he’s been away at the African Nations Cup, he

has been keeping very close tabs on how the team is doing and he’s

delighted for Tom. “It doesn’t look like Tom needs his feet keeping

on the ground, he looks like he’s taking it all in his stride. “I

liked the way he finished the game against Chelsea. Normally you

would tire in a game three days after your debut and that was the

dilemma about whether to keep him in, certainly against the diamond

formation Chelsea were playing that was full of world-class

players. And Tom’s putting his foot on the ball in the 85th minute

and still getting us playing football. “It’s nice to have that old

Dutchman (George Boateng) alongside him who can talk him through

games. “It’s a long-term plan. With Tom, Liam Cooper and Mark

Cullen, the future of the club is looking a lot more healthy than

it ever has done when you’ve got two or three knocking at the door.

They are all local boys as well.” Such an emergence has led to

questions about Cairney’s long-term future, with Brown saying:

“We’ll take our time, his contract is up next year. “He’s got a

long-term future in the game and, hopefully, it will be at Hull