Brown: No regrets leaving Bristol Rovers for Portsmouth

Lee Brown has no regrets over leaving Bristol Rovers for Pompey.

By Will Rooney
Monday, 18th February 2019, 4:11 pm
Updated Monday, 18th February 2019, 5:14 pm
Lee Brown in action against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium earlier this season. Picture: Joe Pepler
Lee Brown in action against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium earlier this season. Picture: Joe Pepler

The left-back faces his former club when they travel to Fratton Park tomorrow night (7.45pm).

Brown moved to the Gas in 2011 after being released by QPR.

There, the Farnborough-born talent had a whirlwind seven-year spell at Rovers. 

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He made more than 300 appearances for the Memorial Stadium outfit, experiencing relegation to the National League, as well as helping them to back-to-back promotions. 

Brown opted to allow his Gas contract to expire at the end of last season, though, and subsequently joined the Blues. 

The charismatic defender admitted the need for a new challenge was why he departed Rovers.

And with Kenny Jackett’s side pushing for promotion from League One this term, he feels a switch to the south coast is paying off. 

When asked if he had any regrets leaving Rovers, Brown said: ‘No, no. I needed a fresh challenge and that’s what I got here.

‘At the moment it’s paying off.

‘I’m at a fantastic football club, we’re third in League One and have a great opportunity for automatic promotion.

‘At the minute it is going well.

‘I felt ready to leave. There were a number of factors why I left and I think it was time after seven years.

‘We won back-to-back promotions, consolidated in League One, finished in the top half of League One and I was ready to leave.

‘I left on a high. I never wanted to leave on a negative and that’s the way it could have went. 

‘I’d never want to say Bristol Rovers could never go any higher, that would be disrespectful.

‘But I wanted a knew challenge. There aren’t many people who stay at seven years, especially nowadays and here was the perfect fit.

‘I had a number of offers from other clubs, especially when it was announced.

‘But this is where I came in the end.’

Brown has made 34 appearances for Pompey this campaign.