Date: 15th May 2014 at 6:04pm
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Manager Mark Yates has confirmed that so far goalkeeper Scott Brown has not accepted the offer he has on the table from the club, but as of yet there has been no deadline placed for a formal yes/no decision.

Speaking to the BBC the gaffer said that Brown would be given time, and after a decade with the club, he is out of contract this summer and was one of only four offered new terms when we announced our retained list for the coming season.

The 29 year old is however obviously looking at his options.

‘Scott’s not got a deadline on it – not yet. He’s no accepted what we’ve offered him right now and he’s exercising his right to see what else is out there. I have no problem with that and if he does leave, it’s with a big handshake and ‘thank you’ from me.’

Yates goes on to say that his deal has now expired but Cheltenham really can’t do more to try and keep him with us or persuade him to sign, it really is now in his hands.

‘We’ll see what his position is in a little whole, I’m not going to force anything on him.’

After biding his time after joining us back in 2004, Brown did achieved 107 consecutive appearances for us before the arrival of Jack Butland on loan, and since the he has gone on to tot up 287 games for us.

The gaffer knows there is some interest in him however, but the player has a few personal issues to deal with prior to making a final decision on his future and that’s another reason why he’ll be given time to decide what is right for him.

‘Over the last two years, I think Scott has been one of the best keeper in the lower leagues, I know he can play higher but unfortunately for him no one has taken that chance yet.’

Yates says he knows a few Scottish clubs have already spoken to him and a few in the English leagues but as yet nothing has been decided, but in any event he has ‘been a great servant’ to the club and his future will be sorted within the next few weeks.