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Lee Brown to Leave at End of Season

25 April 2018

Defender Lee Brown is set to play his last game for the club on Saturday against Gillingham, as he prepares to leave the club at the end of the season.

One of many summer signings made by former manager Paul Buckle in 2011, left back Lee began his career with Queens Park Rangers and graduated through the ranks at Loftus Road, earning his first professional contract in July 2008.

He made his first team debut on 24th April 2010, against Barnsley, at Oakwell.

During his time with QPR Lee also enjoyed loan spells with Salisbury City and Hayes & Yeading.

Lee made his Rovers league debut on the opening day of the 2011/12 season and scored his first goal for the club in the 4-1 defeat at Crawley on 3rd September 2011.

Although he is a recognised full back, former manager Mark McGhee played him on the left of midfield on a number of occasions after his appointment.

However the appointment of John Ward as manager saw Lee move back to play in his favoured position and the tough tackling defender went on to enjoy a successful spell in the second half of the 2012/13 campaign.

Having won international honours with the England 'C' team in 2014/15, Lee scored one of the penalties in the shootout against Grimsby Town in the Promotion Play Off Final at Wembley in 2016.

In 2016/17 he was the only ever present in the side and appeared in every minute of every game. He will always be remembered as the player who scored the goal that clinched promotion to League One, his 92nd minute goal saw Rovers beat Dagenham & Redbridge and pip Accrington Stanley to third place.

The consistent defender added another 41 league appearances to his impressive tally last season and the game against Wigan Athletic on Tuesday evening was his 317th in all competitions and he has scored 21 goals.

Manager Darrell Clarke had this to say on Lee's departure.

"He's had a lot of personal issues and family problems this season so there's no hard feelings about him leaving as he needs to be closer to London.

"He'll get the armband on Saturday and I'm sure our fans will give him a fantastic reception.

"He’s one of those players who had different options to go elsewhere but fought hard to get the club back in the league. He’ll go with our best wishes and the fans' best wishes."

Everyone at Bristol Rovers wishes Lee every success for the future.

 


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