FORMER DERRY City hitman, Conor Sammon, last week rejected a £450,000 move to Scunthorpe United from Kilmarnock after the clubs had agreed a deal.
Indeed, Scunthorpe also agreed to pay the Scottish club an additional £150,000 should they avoid the dreaded drop.
And while Scunthorpe are believed to have offered the ex-”Candy Stripe” double what he is currently earning in Scotland, the Dubliner eventually opted to reject the move.
It’s also believed that the ‘bean counters’ at Rugby Park are fuming, with the SPL club understood to be £10m in debt - a transfer fee of that size would have certainly eased their financial situation.
Scunthorpe officials spent all of last Monday discussing terms with the 24-year-old striker and his agent and the Dubliner spent the night mulling over the move. However, Sammon’s decision to remain with Kilmarnock stunned both clubs.
Scunthorpe manager, Ian Baraclough, was particularly disappointed that the deal didn’t go through.
He said: ‘I’m obviously very disappointed. We put in a great offer to the lad and went as far as we could on the fee with Kilmarnock.
‘The boy spoke to me and apologised. He liked everything about the club, but didn’t feel it was the right time for him to be moving on. He was courteous enough when I approached him said he wanted to speak with us about the possible move.
However, he felt that because he was having such a good season with Kilmarnock and, having spoken with his wife and family, that it wasn’t the right time to move down here,” added Baraclough.
‘Whether someone else comes in later on in the window we’ll see, but we made a good offer to Conor and that’s the disappointing thing.’
Meanwhile, another former Derry City player appears to be making an impact at Tranmere, having made his debut on Saturday last.
Indeed, Tranmere captain, John Welsh, holds the view that his new central defender, former Derry City player, Mark McChrystal, will prove a great addition to the Rovers squad.
McChrystal (26) made his debut for the League One club in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat by MK Dons after leaving the Brandywell club on a free transfer late last year.
“He was strong and commanding, it was a very positive performance from him,” said Welsh despite the disappointing defeat.
“He’s a talker and will run through a brick wall for you. I think he will prove a great addition to the squad.”
Tranmere have struggled to break free of the League One relegation zone, with just one win in their last six league matches.
And with only goal difference separating the Liverpool club from the bottom four, Welsh maintained that communication between the players on the pitch needs to improve.
“We need to talk a lot more on the pitch but it’s hard to get the lads to open up,” Welsh added.”