Harrogate Town manager Simon Weaver has revealed the club received a ‘significant fee’ from Charlton Athletic for the services of right-back Kayne Ramsay.
The 23-year-old was the subject of late interest from the League One side as the Addicks continued their winter spending spree. They had already brought in Conor Coventry, Rarmani Edmonds-Green and Macaulay Gillesphey for undisclosed fees, although it is believed that the outlay for the trio was well into the seven figures.
Charlton have endured a miserable campaign to date and opted to part company with Michael Appleton at the end of last month. It was the Londoners second managerial departure of the season, with Dean Holden suffering a similar fate back in August.
They were one of the pre-season favourites for promotion but currently sit just four points above the relegation places following a winless run which has now stretched to 13 games in all competitions. Furthermore, only two teams have conceded more goals in the division.
This led to Charlton looking to add a late defensive recruit to their squad and they set their sights on Kayne Ramsay, who has enjoyed an excellent campaign at Harrogate. The 23-year-old has been an ever-present in Weaver’s side this season, making 30 appearances in all competitions.
The Sulphurites have exceeded expectations this season and were tipped for relegation before a ball had been kicked. However, they sit just on the fringes of the play-offs with 28 games played, just one point behind Notts County in seventh.
Their excellent season – which has them on course for their best ever finish – attracted the interest of clubs in higher division and they lost striker Luke Armstrong to Carlisle United at the beginning of the transfer window. Harrogate have now had to contend with the departure of Ramsay, although the club have been rewarded handsomely:
“We have agreed a deal reluctantly,” Weaver told the Harrogate Advertiser. “Kayne will be a big loss, we didn’t want to lose him, so we are sad to see him go but Charlton are a big club.
“With the team doing well of late, and given the way he was playing, we expected there to be interest, and that is something that we have to learn to deal with.
“But the deal had to be right for the club. There was a price that people had to reach if they wanted Kayne. I battle for my club, I want the best deal possible, a realistic fee, but one that I feel in my head that I can justify to everyone at Harrogate Town as being a good deal.
“It is a significant fee, a very good sum of money. So, it’s a win for us in the sense that we got him for free, he’s done very well for us and now we’ve received a healthy amount in return for his services.”
Harrogate have recorded three successive wins but face a tough task tomorrow when they travel to league leaders Stockport County.
It’s been an excellent season at The EnviroVent Stadium and – like Barrow – have proved what can be achieved when a club is properly run. Despite two big exits during the transfer window, there is no reason why Simon Weaver can’t slip into the play-offs by the end of the campaign.
There was always the sense that Ramsay would eventually move on, having been highly rated by previous club Southampton. Harrogate have given him the platform to show what he can do and he will be a strong addition to an ailing Charlton side.