Exeter boss Paul Tisdale has hit back at fans' criticism of Ryan Harley's move to Swansea on a free transfer.The 26-year-old midfielder signed for the Welsh club on Friday, but will remain at Exeter on loan until May. [LNB]"I think it's a fantastic situation," Tisdale told BBC Devon. "I can't believe anybody would not want Ryan with us for the rest of the season. [LNB]"Only one club was looking to spend money on him, and that club didn't offer a great deal of money." [LNB]Tisdale continued: "The facts are he was free to walk away in a few months time and he could sign a pre-contract with another club, even if he's still on contract with us.[LNB] [LNB][LNB] "There were a lot of clubs trying to sign him on a pre-contract for a free transfer." [LNB]League One leaders Brighton are known to be one of the clubs who tried to bring Harley in before he decided on a move to Swansea. [LNB]Tisdale said: "You're either going to be a selling club, which we are generally, and so when we make a bold decision and decide to keep a player, you can't then grumble about it. [LNB]"I made that decision - it's my decision, no-one else's - and the club have backed me on it."[LNB] I'd rather we got 400k for him and just let him go rather than having him for 5 months Scott Browning With Harley having already netted eight goals for the Grecians this season, Tisdale is hoping for more of the same from the talented midfielder. [LNB]"He's one of our star players, if not our star player this season," he added. [LNB]"I'm more than happy, it's my decision, and the club has supported me all along." [LNB]"Ryan's happy knowing his future's secured and he's happy to continue playing for us knowing that's happened."