Scott Brown has today opted to join Aberdeen FC in the Scottish Premier League
We can confirm today that Scott Brown has declined a new contract here at Whaddon Road and will join Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen.
Scott, 29, has spent a decade here at Cheltenham Town and made 287 appearances for the club. The former Wolves goalkeeper had been offered a strong contract to continue his career here at Whaddon Road but he has now informed us of his decision to move on.
"It was such a difficult decision for me to take," Scott explained.
"I couldn't turn the opportunity down to be involved at a club like Aberdeen and to work with Derek McInnes and Jim Leighton on a full time basis. It's an opportunity that rarely comes around but Cheltenham Town will always be the result I look out for first and whenever I am back I will be watching.
"The fans have been brilliant to me and I have enjoyed every minute of it. I want to say a special thank you to Steve Book and Ian Weston too because they have been great for me and the club is very lucky to have them in the backroom staff."
Scott's departure will mean a fresh start up in Scotland and the chance to test himself at a whole new level but he admitted that happenings in his personal life helped him come to what was a difficult decision.
"Once Dad passed away there was nothing for us to stay in Wolverhampton for," he said.
"That is what really made the decision. When Dad was ill I wanted to be around as much as possible but unfortunately he sadly passed away it and has been a difficult few weeks in many ways.
"I can only just thank the supporters for everything they have done for me and hopefully in the future I can come back and show them how much I have improved as a goalkeeper. I am a very ambitious guy and I want to push myself as much as I can and unfortunately that meant leaving. It's not something I wanted to do but I want to push myself as much as possible and when this opportunity came along I could not turn it down.
"Maybe I can come back one day and play for Cheltenham Town again and show people how I have improved."
When Scott left Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2003 he played briefly in the Welsh Premier League for Welshpool Town and back in England with Bristol City before attracting the interest of the Robins.
His arrival provided strong competition for Shane Higgs but Scott had to remain patient before finally getting his chance and his debut came in the FA Cup third round at home to Chester following an injury to Higgs. In November 2008 Higgs opted to move out on loan so Scott Brown was promoted into the first team and never looked back.
His performances were sensational and he grew into the role of Cheltenham Town's number one with ease but in the 2011-12 season he found himself out of the team and on the bench following the arrival on on loan goalkeeper Jack Butland who has since signed for Stoke City and won an international cap for England. Butland became first choice whilst Scott watched on from the bench but Butland returned to Birmingham City towards the end of the campaign and Scott's return to the first team was typical of his character.
His spell on the sidelines had only served to improve him as a goalkeeper resulting in praise from Mark Yates and he earned himself a new contract with the club before becoming one the most influential players to pull on a Cheltenham shirt in recent years.
Scott made his 250th career appearance in a 1-0 victory over AFC Wimbledon last September and he now leaves the club close to 300 appearances.
Whilst we are saddened to say goodbye to Scott we would also like to wish him the very best of luck in this next stage of his career and thank him for his hard work and passion on and off the pitch whilst a Cheltenham Town player.