Dundee United were getting another big earner off the books today as St Johnstone finalised a deal for midfielder Paul Paton.
The 29-year-old was completing his switch to McDiarmid Park after passing a medical at the weekend.
Paton established himself as a firm favourite with fans In his three years at Tannadice after being signed by Jackie McNamara.
And his performances when he returned to the side just after the turn of the year following a lengthy injury absence coincided with a revival that brought hope the Tangerines might be able to avoid relegation.
He was even handed the captain’s armband by former boss Mixu Paatelainen on a number of occasions towards the end of the season.
While his departure will be a loss in a playing sense, it will free up another chunk of cash to allow new manager Ray McKinnon to bring in the players he wants for the Championship next season.
He’s already had a boost on that score with the departure of striker Darko Bodul the week before last.
And this latest exit will help pave the way for signings to begin.
United have been strongly linked with Ross County midfielder Stewart Murdoch and it’s known he’s held talks with them.
The 26-year-old joined the Staggies a year ago from Fleetwood Town.
For St Johnstone, Paton’s arrival adds to the competition for places in the middle of the park.
The Northern Ireland international is now a proven performer at Premiership level.
Despite the rapport he built up with United fans, it was well known he wanted to remain in the top flight.