Kilby explains deal

Last updated : 25 January 2006 By Tony Scholes

The current situation is that Ade has agreed terms with the Yorkshire club and the transfer will be completed once he has passed his medical which will take place today. But as Ade went to Bramall Lane for talks, Barry Kilby explained why we had decided to sell.

“The offer we had was too good to miss for us,” Kilby said. “The big plus from the deal is that we now have money to recycle and strengthen the squad with. The vast majority of the money will be available to the manager for both fees and wages.

“We have several targets in mind and we hope to try and bring them all in before the deadline whilst we will also put some of the money towards the youth system and a couple of capital projects that we have.”

Regarding the deal he added, “Sheffield United finally met our valuation for the player and nobody is happy that Ade is leaving, but it really is a golden opportunity at his age. They have made their offer, which was increased from the initial bid which wasn’t enough, and for a fee like this it left us with little choice.

“At 31 years old, this is a high price and we said in the summer that we wanted to bring the average age of the squad down and this is a start. We will now be working on bringing in the players that the manager has targeted.”