Brown Has Ambition to Steal Shirt off His Idol
Byline: by ROB ROBERTSON
TOM BROWN readily admits to being a bit of a dreamer during his schooldays, when meeting his rugby hero, Chris Paterson, invariably interrupted his train of thought.
Scotland's most capped player still enjoys legendary status with Brown, but that won't stop the Edinburgh player attempting to rip the starting jersey from his idol's grasp come next season's Magners League campaign.
Simply put, Brown won't play second fiddle to anyone.
And, with Paterson away with Scotland at the World Cup in New Zealand up until early October, the 21-year-old is aware that he has a great opportunity to show he has what it takes to replace one of the greats of the game -- at club level at least.
Brown may not be a household name just yet, but even Paterson himself has predicted the young full-back is destined for the top and has been happy to play a role in his development, mentoring Brown for the last two years as part of the Winning Scotland Foundation rugby programme.
Although still just an academy player, Brown has played superbly for Edinburgh from the bench in the season just finished, to the extent that the SRU have secured him on a two-year professional contract that starts next month.
Before that, one of the rising stars of the Scottish game will take his first step on to the international stage when he makes his debut for the Scotland Sevens team in the Emirates Airline London Sevens tournament this weekend, followed by the series finale at Murrayfield the following weekend.
And Brown intends to use both competitions to prove to new Edinburgh head coach Michael Bradley that he should be given the nod at No 15 in the absence of Paterson, saying: 'There is no denying that, with a few of the Edinburgh boys away at the World Cup, this will be a great opportunity for players like me to try to break into the first team.
'It won't be easy to nail down a starting place, though, as there are guys like Jim Thompson who can play at full-back and who have more experience than me. …