BEN Purrington's move to Sky Bet Championship Rotherham on the eve of the closure of the transfer window was one of those in which everyone benefits.
Ben progresses his career after respectable service to the Pilgrims; Rotherham get a decent player; Argyle receive a good fee.
Argyle manager Derek Adams said that Argyle would have been able to rebuff Rotherham's approach for the young left-sided defender, but that Ben was keen to explore his options.
“He indicated to me that he would like to go and speak to them if an offer was able to be concluded between the clubs," said Derek.
“We bargained a deal with Rotherham and we’ve got a good deal for both Ben and ourselves.
“When a player indicates that they would like to leave, then you’ve got to deal with that. We’re in a position to turn down the deal, but sometimes you’re left with a player who is disgruntled that he’s not able to get the move that he wants.”
Despite Ben parting company with the Greens late on in the transfer window, Derek has assured that Argyle will not be a depleted squad come February 1, insisting there are players to fill the vacant left-back position.
“We’ve got Gary Sawyer; we’ve got Oscar Threlkeld; and we’ve got Sonny Bradley who can play there, as well,” said Derek, “but we’re still looking to maybe add before the window closes. If it doesn’t happen we’ll look to the free transfer market after the window closes.”
Gary Sawyer has been side-lined from action since august, suffering an abdominal injury during the Pilgrim’s 1-0 away win at Blackpool. Gary Has since returned to the Argyle bench, and is set to start in Tuesdays visit to Yeovil.
“He’ll start Tuesday night," said Derek. "He’s done well; he’s trained well; and he just needs to come back into the first team now.”
Having parted company with Ben this week, the Purrington name is still likely to feature on an Argyle team sheet once again in the near future. The signing of younger brother, Tom, as an apprentice came earlier this month.