Cardiff City defender Ciaron Brown may see the Tony Macaroni Arena as something of a second home, having joined Livingston on loan for a third time earlier this summer.
The 22-year-old started his career in non-league before joining the Bluebirds in 2018 but has made just the one appearance for the Welsh club, starting in their 3-0 defeat at the hands of Luton Town last August.
Brown’s previous loan at Livingston was arguably the most impressive period of his career to date as he quickly became a key man for the SPFL club, starting all nine of their games before the 2019/20 season was cut short.
With that in mind, the decision to send the 22-year-old back to the Lions makes a lot of sense but things haven’t started quite in the way that the player and his parent club would’ve been hoping for.
Despite arriving ahead of the start of the season, Brown has started just three of Livingston’s 12 league games so far this term.
That has, in part, been due to a quad injury that saw him sidelined for four games, but since returning to fitness he’s struggled to hold down a place in the starting XI.
Brown started at centre-back in the 3-2 defeat to Celtic in September and was dropped to the bench for the next three games, only appearing as a substitute once.
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The defender returned to Livingston’s starting XI for the 2-0 defeat against Rangers and will be hoping that he did enough to cement his place moving forward.
Statistically it’s not been a hugely impressive showing for the Cardiff man so far either. Through his five SPFL appearances this term he’s averaged just one tackle, 0.6 interceptions, 1.8 clearances and 1.2 blocks per game (Whoscored) – with the latter the only category in which he is among the top seven performers in the squad.
Both Cardiff and Livingston will be hoping that Brown is able to make more of an impact as the season wears on.