Sean Scannell move to Huddersfield a 'fair deal', says Steve Parish
CRYSTAL Palace co-chairman Steve Parish says the club would not have sold winger Sean Scannell if the deal had not been right.
The Croydon-born winger joined npower Championship new boys Huddersfield Town for an undisclosed fee last week, much to the surprise of sections of the Selhurst Park faithful who thought he would stay.
But Parish said the deal for the Eagles' academy youth product was a good one for everyone involved.
He said: "We wouldn't have done the deal if it wasn't right for the club.
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"We think he needs a fresh start.
"He has been at Palace since he was very young and I think this is the right move for everyone."
Scannell was first scouted by Palace at the age of 14 and after rising through the Eagles academy ranks, he made his bow for the first team in December 2007 against Queens Park Rangers.
Since then, he has gone on to make 141 appearances for the Eagles, scoring 13 goals and being named Apprentice of the Year in 2009. However, he has now joined the Galpharm Stadium outfit on a three-year deal, which should see the winger remain with Simon Grayson's men until three months before his 25th birthday.
And Parish said he felt the Irishman would do well with the Yorkshire club, adding that he thought Scannell was "a very good little player".
He said: "I have got a lot of time for him – he is a lovely lad.
"But we need to freshen it up and he wouldn't have started every game.
"At his age he needs to get games; he hasn't been playing and he wants to play."
Palace boss Dougie Freedman shared this view, adding that he could not offer Scannell guaranteed first-team football, which he needed at this stage in his career.
Meanwhile, he said that Huddersfield's offer was a "fair and healthy" one for the club.
Freedman said: "I have known Sean since a very young age and I have played with him and coached him.
"He is a fantastic young player, but I feel he could have perhaps been more consistent in his performances.
"I have some younger players pushing through with the likes of Kyle [De Silva] and Jonny [Williams] pushing for spots in the team.
"It was a difficult decision and I wasn't under any pressure to sell him, but I feel with the offer we received, it was a good deal [for the club].
"It opens up a position in the squad for the likes of Kyle and Jonny, who are two exciting young 18-year-olds,
"I don't want to stop their progress."