The 22-year-old made 14 appearances for the club during the first half of last season after a summer switch from West Ham, before joining League One Oxford on loan in January.

 Browne’s season ended in July when his Oxford side were agonisingly beaten in the League One Play-Off final by Wycombe. Marcus had scored a decisive goal in the semi-final first leg against Portsmouth, one of five goals he scored in 16 appearances for the club.

 He is now back at Rockliffe and working ahead of next week’s full first team squad return.

 “I was excited to come back,” said Marcus. 

 “I feel in a much better place now, and it’s great being back on the grass and seeing people around the building.

 “The loan was the best thing for me at the time. It was quite refreshing, I found my confidence again, enjoyed my football again, and was happy playing.”

 Having been signed by Jonathan Woodgate, Marcus now has a new Boro manager to impress with Neil Warnock taking over at the helm.

 “It’s near enough a fresh start,” he added. 

 “I’ll get my head down, work hard, and try and make an impression.”

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