Veteran Scotland international defender Frankie Brown is leaving Bristol City this summer after seven seasons with the club according to reports on The Robins’ official website.
The 32-year-old joined Bristol City from Hibernian back in 2014 and she has gone on to make 77 appearances for The Robins. Brown has been a near ever-present fixture in Bristol City’s back four, having missed just one of the club’s last 34 league matches.
After her departure was confirmed by Bristol City earlier today, manager Tanya Oxtoby said “Our club has been privileged to have an individual of Frankie’s qualities on and off the pitch for over half a decade.
“She has been a fantastic role model for all of those around her, and I cannot speak highly enough of her as a person.
“Everyone at the football club wishes her all the very best in her future endeavours.”
With the increased professionalisation of the women’s game in Scotland, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that Brown could make the long journey north to reacquaint with former club Hibernian or any number of other alluring destinations. Brown has represented the Scottish national team on 96 occasions and a return to the Scottish Women’s Premier League may improve her chances of further cementing her place in Shelley Kerr’s squad for the upcoming UEFA Women’s EURO 2021 qualifiers.
As for Bristol City, it has been a remarkably busy transfer window up to now with a plethora of comings and goings and they show no signs of slowing down just yet. They lead the way as it stands in the Barclays FA Women’s Super League with four new recruits so it appears that manager Oxtoby wants to get her business done early so the side are in the best possible shape for the battle that they will face in the new season.