THE Plymouth Argyle Board offered the following statement on the departure of club captain Conor Hourihane on Monday, June 23."It is with disappointment that we have to announce the transfer of Conor Hourihane to Barnsley.
“Conor has become an important member of the squad in the three years he has been with Argyle and he played a pivotal role in the club's improved performances last season. It was hoped and intended that Conor would continue as club captain next season and lead the team towards a successful promotion push. However, when the interest from Barnsley became apparent, the player expressed his wish to achieve his ambition to play at a higher level and make the move to Yorkshire.
“We rejected two previous approaches from Barnsley before they came forward with an offer that represented a considerable improvement on their previous bids and one which we could accept, albeit with some reluctance.
“Our decision was made on the basis that Conor only had 12 months remaining on his contract and he was unwilling to sign an extension. Given his age, that would have enabled him to leave the Club without compensation in a year's time.
“The agreement with Barnsley provides for a comprehensive series of add-ons which should produce additional revenue in the future as well as a basic transfer fee which is to be paid on the player's registration with Barnsley.
“The Board at Argyle will provide John Sheridan with the necessary support to recruit a suitable replacement.
“Everyone at Argyle would like to thank Conor for his services and wish him well for his future career. He will always be a welcome visitor to Home Park.”