Scott Brown says he has ‘unfinished business’ after signing a two-year deal with Accrington Stanley.
The 31-year-old midfielder signed a six-month contract in January and scored three goals which helped Stanley to fourth place in League Two.
Brown admitted it ‘hurt’ after the Reds lost the play-off semi-finals to eventually promoted AFC Wimbledon but he is determined to try and put this right after putting pen to paper on a new deal.
“Just missing out the way we did last season hurt for a couple of weeks,” said Brown. “But the gaffer spoke to everyone straight away and, after everything was ironed out, I was happy to sign.
“We are back on June 30th 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 had other offers but said the lure of working with John Coleman and Jimmy Bell meant the Wham Stadium was his first choice.
“I have enjoyed working with the gaffer and Jimmy, 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.”
Brown becomes the second player to sign a new deal alongside defender Mark Hughes. Seamus Conneely, Billy Kee, Sean McConville and Matty Pearson are already under contract.
“I think the way we played last season, we earned the respect of a lot of people,” added Brown.
“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 it what happened last season right – and I am glad to have the chance to do that.”