The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

MORE­CAMBE boss Jim Bent­ley has re­vealed his anger at the deal in which striker Tom Barkhuizen left for Pre­ston.

The ex-Black­pool man mu­tu­ally can­celled his con­tract at the Shrimps in Novem­ber while the club ex­pe­ri­enced cash flow prob­lems, and More­cambe re­ceived com­pen­sa­tion af­ter he signed a deal for North End that same month.

Barkhuizen, 23, scored 17 goals in 60 ap­pear­ances for the Shrimps be­fore his wages be­came an is­sue for the cash-strapped club, which even­tu­ally re­sulted in his de­par­ture.

Bent­ley be­lieves those who han­dled the deal could have done a lot bet­ter in pro­tect­ing the in­ter­ests of More­cambe as Barkhuizen is flour­ish­ing at Deep­dale with four goals in his first eight games.

“Let’s not for­get we’ve sold our best player who is now pulling up trees at Pre­ston,” Bent­ley told BBC Ra­dio Lan­cashire.

“For me, the peo­ple who ne­go­ti­ated that deal could’ve done bet­ter.”

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