Brown to run down contract
By Robin Hackett
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Scott Brown has withdrawn his transfer request, but will go when his contract expires.
Hibs midfielder Scott Brown has withdrawn his transfer request - but says he will walk out on a free transfer when his contract expires in 2009.
21-year-old Brown handed in a transfer request in December, and Rangers, Celtic and West Brom have since put in bids of around £5 million to take him and team-mate Kevin Thomson from Easter Road.
But Hibs rejected the offers because they were reluctant to allow two of their prized assets to leave in one deal.
And while Thomson has secured a £2 million switch to Rangers, Brown is happy for his friend and must now try to get the Hibs fans back onside while he runs down his contract.
"I'd just like to say that I'm delighted for Thommo because I know what a great opportunity this is for him," he told the Daily Record. "Yes, I'd have loved to have been in that car as well today, but sometimes things don't work out the way you want them to.
"We had always hoped to make the move together, but Hibs wouldn't allow it.
"The good news is I can now concentrate fully on being a Hibs player again and hopefully the supporters will be happy I'm staying for the long haul. I'm willing to see out my contract and I'll be withdrawing my transfer demand this week.
"As far as I'm concerned, I'll be a Hibs player until 2009. Then, when the time is right, I'll sit down and have a look at what options I have. Hopefully there will still be a few clubs interested in me.
"The difference is I'll be able to decide which club I want to talk to and choose the right move. What I don't want is for Hibs to come to me this summer and try to put me under pressure to go to a club I don't want to sign for.
"That's not going to happen."