Forest Green Rovers have confirmed that Kurtis Guthrie has completed a transfer to League Two side Colchester United.
The U`s have paid an undisclosed fee for the 23-year-old front man who departs after a two-season stay at The New Lawn.
Forest Green exercised an option to extend Guthrie’s stay into a third season back in May. However, the club agreed to let the Jersey-raised striker join the Essex club after they met Rovers valuation.
Guthrie signed for Forest Green in May 2014 and made his debut coming off the bench against Chester.
Being initially behind Jon Parkin and Lee Hughes in the pecking order, he had to bide his time before making his first start against Gateshead in his eleventh outing.
Guthrie eventually broke his scoring duck in fine style on his sixteenth appearance, completing a 79th minute brace that saw Rovers come from 2-0 and 3-1 down to draw 3-3 away at Torquay United.
That seemed to spur Guthrie on and he went on to start twenty-five games during the remainder of the campaign, finishing with 8 goals from forty-six games in all competitions – including starting both play-off semi-finals against Bristol Rovers.
The 2015/16 season began in record-breaking style for Forest Green and Guthrie played his part, starting in all but one of the nine straight wins Rovers enjoyed and scoring twice. By the turn of the year, Guthrie had played 28 times in all competitions including twenty-three starts, and scored eight times.
Four goals during the remainder of the campaign saw Guthrie finish the season with 12 goals and seven assists from forty-six games in all competitions – including starting the Promotion Final at Wembley Stadium.