Brown became the latest Stones player to make the step-up to the Football League when he joined Championship side Cardiff earlier this month for an undisclosed fee.
He has followed in the footsteps of Jermaine Beckford, Stuart Pearce as well as former loan stars Britt Assombalonga and Luke O’Nien, who have all gone on to forge successful careers at a professional level.
The talented 20-year-old scored three goals in 66 appearances for the Stones after arriving from Bedfont Sports in 2016 and Wilkinson hopes Brown’s story will help the club attract further players in the future.
Wilkinson believes Wealdstone can be “proud” of the work they do.
Asked about the move and whether it will help the Stones attract players in the future,
Wilkinson said:“Wealdstone is such a big club and we are definitely one of the biggest clubs in Non-League football. We attract some great players.
“We have got some young, talented players. We work them hard and try and make them into men. We can see that they are going to be developed a bit more and sometimes, they need to move and play football regularly everyday. Hopefully, they will keep being coached and looked after and we’ll see where they end up.
“It’s an all-round team effort to be honest, on and off the park for Ciaron Brown. Everyone deserves credit and not just me. All my management team and the club deserve praise for how they have conducted themselves with allowing him to go. It’s been an all-round team effort and Wealdstone should be very proud.”
Describing Brown as a “fantastic player”, he said he will be linking up with “one of my best mates” in Sean Morrison, the captain and centre half at Cardiff.
He added: “It’s brilliant for the club, brilliant for himself and his family and we wish him all the best.”