Following lengthy discussions with the Manager, Luke Armstrong declared himself unavailable for this afternoon’s opening day victory at Doncaster Rovers, amid a number of transfer bids from other clubs.
Speaking on the situation, Simon Weaver explained “We had a statement go out just after the team news was released, because I didn’t want the supporters to think we had left him out, that wasn’t the case.
“We had tentative enquiries at the start of the week from other clubs about Luke and those have now led to proper offers.
“Those offers came after we had offered Luke a renewed contract and a three-year-deal, because he deserved it.
“He has been a dedicated and fantastic player for us and we would love to keep him, however on Thursday he informed us he wanted to go and didn’t think he was in the right mindset to perform at his best today, which was disappointing news at the time.”
“He has been honest with me and told me he wants to move on and thought it would be detrimental to the team if he took to the field today.
“The offer is still on the table from us for him to sign a new deal, but our position is clear; we have informed him and his agent that two things have to happen before Luke is able to leave the club, we have to do what is best for our club and get a significant fee for him and secondly we need a replacement that is going to make the fans proud.”