EAST Kilbride Thistle boss Jimmy Kerr has revealed star player Jordan Murch has left the club for Petershill.
The midfielder, widely considered to have been one of Jags’ best players, was sold to the Superleague Premier side last week as a matter of financial necessity.
Kerr told the News it was a wrench to let one of his top players leave the Showpark, but he said it was money the club could not afford to turn down.
“I didn’t want to sell him, but our financial situation means that anyone we can sell to help us survive is pretty likely to go,” Kerr admitted.
“And that was the case with Jordan. He’s one of our best, without doubt, but he wanted to leave.
“We could have kept him until the end of the season, but he didn’t want to stay and there’s no point in keeping an unhappy player when we wouldn’t get any money for him if he left in the summer.
“The money will help us in the short term, but it doesn’t mean we are going to be able to go out and replace him.”
It’s a big blow for Kerr, who suffered another setback this week when, upon offering Paul Bain a return to the Showpark, the former Jags man broke his ankle during a game of five-a-sides.
Kerr must now lift his side for Saturday’s latest attempt to play Hurlford away from home, after the match was hit by the weather again at the weekend.
He added: “We knew on Friday the game would be off and when I woke up on Saturday the place was covered in snow, but there’s just nothing we can do.
“I’ve got my doubts about this weekend, but hopefully we can start playing again as soon as possible.”
Kick-off on Saturday at Blair Park is scheduled for 1.45pm.