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‘NO REGRETS OVER HENDRY MOVE,’ ADMITS JAGS BOSS

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PARTICK THISTLE boss Alan Archibald admitted he has no regrets over letting Jack Hendry leave for Wigan after seeing Dundee bank a club-record seven-figure fee from Celtic for the central defender.

The English outfit paid around £20,000 for the player at the end of the 2015 summer transfer window on the back of just five first team games. Wigan also inserted a hefty sell-on fee of between 30-40% into the deal that saw the player move Dundee, so are quids in after Hendy’s move to Paradise this week.

Archibald said: “I remember putting him and Liam Lindsay in against Celtic when they were both 18. I got a bit of stick for doing so, but they acquitted themselves very well and Jack went on to get a move to Wigan.

“It was great for the club, as well. We had a defender who had played a handful of games and we would never have stepped in his way.

“At that time, we probably needed the money. Our gates were down I think and fixtures weren’t too kind, so that money helped us.

“We knew Jack was available in the summer, but we had just about got Niall Keown over the line so that’s why we didn’t go back in for him.

“His career probably stalled a little bit in terms of the loan moves he got down there, but it shows there’s a bit about the player that he believes in his own ability to come back up and have a wonderful season and earn a move to Celtic.”

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