SMITH DISAPPOINTED WITH TRIBUNAL DECISION SMITH DISAPPOINTED WITH TRIBUNAL DECISION
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SMITH DISAPPOINTED WITH TRIBUNAL DECISION

Walsall manager Dean Smith today spoke of his disappointment at the decision of the Professional Football Compensation Committee (PFCC) to award the club an initial £325,000 for the transfer of striker Will Grigg to SkyBET League One rivals Brentford. The 22-year-old Northern Ireland striker penned a three-year deal with the Bees after turning down a new four-year deal with the Saddlers over the close season.
Walsall manager Dean Smith today spoke of his disappointment at the decision of the Professional Football Compensation Committee (PFCC) to award the club an initial £325,000 for the transfer of striker Will Grigg to SkyBET League One rivals Brentford. The 22-year-old Northern Ireland striker penned a three-year deal with the Bees after turning down a new four-year deal with the Saddlers over the close season.

Smith did however concede the panel had given both clubs a fair hearing, and he now looks forward to putting the fee to good use, he told Saddlers.co.uk; "We were given a fair hearing where we put our case across well. I was disappointed that we didn't get nearer to our valuation, but we put a strong case together based on how we developed him and came out with a fee that could add up to £500,000.

He continued; "My own irk about the situation is that it’s taken until now to decide a fee and with the Transfer Window shut we are unable to do anything until January. The money will also enable us to secure existing players on longer deals and allow us to invest in the future of the club by developing the facilities for those youngsters coming through. We know that we've got a system that works here, but at the same time there is always room for improvement and we have the finances to allow us to do that."
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