Latics fume at Porter exit

02 July 2007 10:55
Oldham Athletic have voiced their frustration at the news that Chris Porter is on the verge of signing for Motherwell. The 23-year-old striker had been offered a new deal at Boundary Park, but turned it down and was expected to move to Dundee United. The Terrors have since dropped their interest in the player who now looks certain to be signed by Well boss Mark McGhee and, due to a loophole in compensation rules, the Latics will not receive any transfer fee for the player. A statement on Oldham's official website read: "Latics officials are frustrated by the player's - and his agent's - actions. "Porter had repeatedly told Latics' managing director Simon Corney that he would be staying at Boundary Park, repaying the faith the club had shown in him when they signed him from Bury two years ago. "The club had also stood by the player who has had an injury-plagued two seasons at Boundary Park, only making 60 starts from a possible 106 games. "Thousands of pounds have been spent on treatment and specialists to give Porter the best possible chance to clear up his injuries. "The club was always aware that if the player moved 'cross-border' then they would not receive any transfer fee, but it was Porter's discussions with Simon Corney in January which led the club to believe that the player really wanted to stay at Boundary Park. "In fact, the club thought it had met the demands of Porter's agent early this year, only for the demands to change later once the January transfer window had closed."

Source: ESA

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