Midfielder Russell Penn has today left Cheltenham Town to sign for York City.Russell Penn has today departed Cheltenham Town Football Club and has signed for York City for an undisclosed fee.
Russ, 28, has signed for the Minstermen with immediate effect after a two and a half year spell with the Robins having signed for the club in the summer of 2011.
The former Kidderminster and Burton Albion midfielder was named as team captain in the summer by Mark Yates but in recent weeks he has found himself on the substitutes bench and York's offer was enough to confirm a transfer between the clubs.
"Russ has been a fantastic servant for this club," said Mark.
"I have worked with him for 6 or 7 years and during that time his desire and effort has been unquestionable. I understand his need to play and at the minute I am not guaranteeing it for him - I know what that is like.
"We wish him well for his family and his career."
Russell Penn made 124 appearances in the Ruby and White of Cheltenham Town during his time with the club and scored on 4 occasions. Some of the highlights of his time at the Abbey Business Stadium will have been two play-off campaigns with a Wembley final in 2012 plus FA Cup clashes against Tottenham Hotspur and Everton in which he scored in the latter.
We would like to thank Russell for his effort and commitment both on and off the pitch during his time as a Cheltenham Town player and we would like to wish him all the best for the future.
The news of Russell's departure follows that of the loan extension of Rotherham midfielder David Noble who will now stick with the Robins until the end of the 2013-14 season. Mark Yates is also still in negotiations about the extensions of other loan signings currently here at the Abbey Business Stadium.