Swindon Town chairman Andrew Fitton claims that the Robins were on the verge of clinching the signing of Swansea City midfielder Owain Tudur-Jones only for the Wales international to move to Norwich City instead.
The 24-year-old spent two months on loan at the County Ground last season and Fitton had hoped to seal a permanent £250,000 transfer for the club this summer.
"I'm very disappointed because we knew we were down to the last two clubs," he said. "Owain's a good player who we gave the chance to come back and play, which was important to him.
"He aspired to go to a Championship club and we thought we were out of the game. But we held talks with Owain and his advisor and we know it came down to two clubs.
"His reason for picking Norwich I don't agree with, but it's his reason and Norwich is a good club and a nice place to go and live. I'm sure we'll enjoy playing against him."
Meanwhile, Craig Easton, Phil Smith and Lescinel Jean-Francois have all agreed new one-year deals at the County Ground.