Aberdeen striker Jayden Stockley today signed a permanent deal at Exeter City in League Two in a club record deal.
Stockley, 23, still had a year left on his Pittodrie contract but has opted to leave Pittodrie having fallen down the pecking order.
Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes signed Stevie May from Preston for £400,000 in the summer with former MK Dons striker Nicky Maynard also secured.
McInnes had recently admitted his summer transfer budget had been spent but the exit of Stockley will open up cash for a potential signing before the transfer window closes at midnight tonight.
The Dons gaffer is looking to strengthen his defensive options.
Stockley scored six goals for the Dons last season and started the Scottish Cup final ahead of Adam Rooney, which the Dons lost 2-1 to Celtic.
In 2016 Stockley spent six months on loan from then parent club Bournemouth at Exeter.
Grecians boss Paul Tisdale made two bids to sign him last summer but he opted to join the Dons.
Stockley said: “As soon as I became aware that there was a chance of me leaving (Aberdeen), I had a conservation with Tis.
“I obviously had conversations with other clubs as well, but it was kind of tunnel vision when Tis spoke to me.
“We got things going quite quickly. At one point we didn’t think it was going to happen.
“There were stumbling blocks but we managed to get it done and I am very happy about that.
“I feel really excited about it and I am thankful to Tis and everyone for pushing it through.
“It was a move that when it came up I was excited straight away. I had positive conversations with Tis and Steve (Perryman) and I knew this was the place come back to.”
“I had my heart set on joining Exeter.
“I have kept in contact with most of the boys that are still here and a couple that have moved on and I have always kept an eye on Exeter as a club.
“I wanted to go to a club where I believe in the same things as the manager and I know that there are good players.
“So as soon as I knew Tis was interested, me and my family jumped at the chance.
“It is where I have felt happiest and it is no coincidence that it is where I have played my best football.
“I know it is going to be tough but I want to work as hard as possible to pay back the faith that the manager has shown in me.”