Whites sign tough-tackling midfield hard man TSS July 11, 2011 Transfer News 68 Comments Simon Grayson has finally completed his second signing of the summer bringing 34-year-old Michael Brown to Elland Road on a one-year deal. The experienced midfielder started his career at Manchester City, before spells at Sheffield United, Tottenham Hotspur, Fulham and Wigan. Most recently, Brown was part of the Portsmouth side that came runners-up in the 2010 FA Cup. Michael Brown has a reputation as a tough-tackling, midfield hard-man and is the type of player many Leeds United fans have been calling for following last seasons dismal defensive performances. His age will no doubt raise eyebrows amongst some fans, but his experience will be invaluable to some of the younger players in the squad – most notably, his likely partner in central midfield, Jonny Howson. Here’s a video of Brown’s tackling skill against one Ryan Giggs; Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.