Mansfield Town received an unexpected six-figure windfall last night as former Stags winger Sam Clucas joined Championship side Hull City for £1.3 million.
Stags built in a sell-on clause when Clucas moved to local League One rivals Chesterfield last September for £100,000 and, although the club are not revealing how much it is, it is believed the Stags could get as much as £260,000 if the clause was 20 per cent.
Lincoln-born Clucas, 25, was signed by Paul Cox from Hereford United for £20,000 in June 2013, a fee decided by a tribunal, and has continued to flourish ever since with many Stags fans disappointed to see him join Chesterfield.
“I spoke to Sam last night and he is first and foremost a great lad, so it’s nice to see good people doing well,” said Stags boss Adam Murray.
“Ability-wise everyone saw what he was about at our level ,so he’s gone on to League One and shown it again and I have got no doubts at some point he will end up in the Premiership, he’s that good.
“So I am over the moon for Sam. I said to him last night the kit matches your hair – he is a nice bloke.
“It is an added bonus to the football club. You don’t plan for these things. But I am not saying we are going to use that money to sign two or three players. It’s something I imagine the board and the chairman will have a chat about where that money goes. It’s not something that’s been mentioned.”
Murray added: “I would love to have him in my team. He is a super player and somebody that, in the team I am putting together, would have fitted right it.
“At the same time some of the young players we have brought into our squad this season, there is no reason they can’t hit the heights that Sam has already.
“We have a lot of ability in our team – a lot of pace and power and, a big ingredient at this level, we have a lot of intelligence.”
Spireites boss Dean Saunders stressed the deal represented good business for Chesterfield.
“For a club like ours we cannot turn this down, we have to remember where we are,” he said.
“I am very disappointed to have lost him, but he is going to a big club who were in the Premier League last year.
“We have got a big transfer fee for a League One player, there are not many League One clubs who get a transfer fee like that.
“He is probably one of our better players and, as the manager, I am disappointed to have lost him, but good luck to him.
“We can’t stand in the way of anybody. I expected this sort of thing could happen but having paid £100,000 a year ago, it’s very good business for a League One club.
“I will have some money to reinvest into the squad. I’ve been shopping in Lidl up to now, but now I’m going to be shopping at Marks & Spencer.
“No doubt we will sign two or three good players, who can make a difference to us.”