James Brown has what it takes to reach the highest level as a coach, according to London Scottish head coach Simon Amor.
Brown quit the club Exiles this week having completed a four year stint as player and assistant coach at the Athletic Ground and fulfilled a promise he made to president Rod Lynch – to get Scottish into the Championship.
The 33-year-old has brought the curtain down on a playing career that saw him enjoy spells at Coventry, London Irish and Worcester Warriors and collect England A and Sevens caps.
And Amor believed he left a lasting legacy at the club in the form of star fly half Dan Mugford.
“Brownie has been not just an outstanding player, but also coach and leader throughout his time at London Scottish,” he said.
“He has been an integral part of the club’s success over the past four years, contributing so much on the field of play, where the supporters would have seen him most.
“However, he has had just as much impact off the field through his coaching of the team and mentoring of young fly-halves such as Dan Mugford and Craig Ratford who I know feel incredibly fortunate to have worked with a player of Brownie's experience.
“While it is sad to see him leave he undoubtedly has the potential to coach at the highest level of the game.”
With National Division One Esher on the hunt for a new head coach, Brown could be a man in demand – but he will take his time deciding his next move.
“I have memories I will never forget. Two promotions in three years, the last minute try at Barking and the last game against Esher are a few,” he added.
“After fulfilling my promise to Rod Lynch to get Scottish to the Championship in four years, it’s time to work out what’s next.”