Date: 6th February 2014 at 11:26am
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Rovers Managing Director Derek Shaw has gone on the record over the club’s sale of Scott Dann, after the then club captain left for pastures new at Premier League side Crystal Palace.

The sale was met with a mixed reaction, with some fans feeling it a bad move to lose the captain of the side at a late hour in the window, but Shaw, formerly of Preston North End, has insisted it has worked out well in terms of balancing the club books – a well known priority.

“We were not happy to lose Scott but it`s been well documented that he was a Premiership-earning player and we had to try and cut that back,’ Shaw told the Lancashire Telegraph.

The exact fee included into the deal is unable to be disclosed, but it is know to have a few extra clauses that will ensure extra payments to Rovers based on Palace’s future performance and survival in England’s top tier.

Shaw continued, “We`ve got some cash up front, we will receive further payments if Palace stay up, and if Palace do not stay up we are covered if they go back to the Premier League with payments. We also have payments over games.

“We are as happy as we can be with what we`ve got for Scott.

“With the sale and the money coming in, we are heading in the right direction.”

Shaw closed by proclaiming the January transfer window a success, with four new additions secured in terms of the permanent signings of Rudy Gestede and Tom Cairney, as well as the signatures of Craig Conway from Cardiff and Bryan Dabo on loan from Montpellier.

As well as this, the club managed to ship out a fair bulk of the massive wage bill currently holding the club back, with several departures and loans meaning the club will have at least 6 months on much lower running costs.

All the incoming deals could quite comfortably be described as thrifty in the grand scheme of things.

“I think we`ve had a pretty successful window,” Shaw concluded.