SCOTT Brown is determined to kick on and repay the faith shown in him by Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman after penning a two-year deal with the Reds.

Brown moved to the Wham Stadium on a six-month contract in January and turned down bids from other clubs to remain with Stanley.


And the 31-year-old midfielder, who scored three goals for the club last season, is determined to help the Reds mount another promotion push.

“I have enjoyed working with the gaffer and Jimmy (Bell). They enjoy their football and get the best out of players. They build you up so it makes you play for them, and I am happy to be a part of that for the next two years.

“Two years gives me security. I am a single dad, and so it gives me some stability. I am a great believer in that – ‘if it’s not broke don’t try and fix it’ – and I am happy here.”

Stanley finished fourth last season after missing out on an automatic promotion place from League Two in the final minute of the season. The Reds were then beaten by AFC Wimbledon in the play-offs and Brown believes the club has unfinished business to attend to next season.

“Just missing out the way we did last season hurt for a couple of weeks,” he added. “But the gaffer spoke to everyone straight away and, after everything was ironed out, I was happy to sign.

“We are back on June 30 for pre-season and we have got unfinished business.

“But we have to put last season behind us now. At the start of every season, you have just got to look forward and now we have got to aim to get ourselves in the mix again and build on what we did last year and add just that little bit more.”

Brown, who joined the Reds from National League side Grimsby Town, also believes that Stanley won’t be able to fly under the radar next term, such was the impressive nature of their 2015-16 season, “I think the way we played last season, we earned the respect of a lot of people,” Brown, who made 13 appearances for the Reds last season, told Stanley’s official website.

“On our day we were the best football team in the league and we know people will respect us more this season and we expect it to be tighter.

“We were entertaining. We scored in every home game last season, except the last one against Stevenage and that’s the one that killed us.

“We had good players signed up already and others from last season may sign up and then the additions the gaffer makes I am sure will be able to push us that little bit further. We want to put what happened last season right – and I am glad to have the chance to do that.

Brown joins Mark Hughes, Seamus Conneely, Billy Kee, Sean McConville and Matty Pearson as contracted players for next season.

But one player who won’t be at the Wham Stadium is midfielder Anthony Barry.

The 30-year-old, who struggled for first-team football with the Reds last season, has opted to sign for National League side Wrexham on a one-year deal.

Barry was offered a 12-month contract with Stanley but admitted the lure of first-team football was the reason behind his move.

He said: “I was happy at Accrington but I wanted to get back playing week in, week out and I wanted to see what was available out there.

with the idea of playing more games.

“I spoke to quite a few clubs and had quite a few offers, but as soon as Wrexham came in it was quite an easy decision.”