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HE IS barrel-chested, hard tackling and aggressive - a no-nonsense Scouse midfielder who was once a nightclub bouncer and has been the recipient of too many red cards for him to remember them all.
Introducing Gary Brabin, Saints' midfield dynamo and joker in the pack!
When Brabin joined Chester City, owner Steve Vaughan must have been overjoyed at seeing him in City's colours.
As a boxing promoter who employs more than 600 doormen in Liverpool and once built a side of Scousers at Barrow, Vaughan was obviously encouraged by the fact that the player once floored an opponent after a game at Blackpool!
Add Brabin's reputation as a quick witted joker and a man always up for a laugh - including a couple of impromptu mid-air karoake performances over the aircraft intercom while on England duty - and he looked a natural target for a chairman who likes his characters large - and Liverpudlian.
Brabin left Chester for TNS in July 2002, to join a Merseyside manager and several other players with Liverpool connections and a similar sense of humour.
Since then, he has virtually been ever-present in Saints' line-up, starting 30 Welsh Premier games last season and scoring six goals.
He also picked up seven yellow cards during the campaign, to show he hasn't lost that battling spirit since coming to Wales.
Kirkby born Brabin has collected almost as many clubs as Jack Nicklaus during a career that has seen more than 200 Football League games for Torquay, Hull, Blackpool, Bury and Doncaster Rovers.
He also has Conference experience with Runcorn, Gateshead and Boston, as well as Chester.
Brabin says: "I left Torquay because I just couldn't settle down there and I wanted to be nearer home. I didn't feel my future was there, but left on good terms.
Gary won four England semi-professional caps and went to two FA Trophy finals with Runcorn. Despite his disciplinary record, Brabin insists there is more to his football than just another hard midfielder.
"I can play a little bit and I like to think I can motivate players. I've got more to my game than people think.
He adds: "When I look back at sending offs, they are probably the bits I don't like in my career."
But there have been highlights, like the great escape of Hull in 1999.
"We were 12 points adrift when I signed for them. Everyone thought they were doomed." Hull, driven on from midfield by Brabin, survived.
Clearly Brabin is a winner - and aims to lead Saints to the Welsh Premier title this season.
Since joining TNS there has been unsettling talk of a return to Chester, but indications are that he may well remain at Treflan to see out the remainder of his career.