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Striker who Paul Warne said would cost £1m is released after Derby County links

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Peterborough United have confirmed the departure of Jonson Clarke-Harris as they released their retained list in the wake of their playoff defeat to Oxford United.

 

The forward had been heavily linked with a move to Derby County last summer although it was largely a result of speculation given he had previously played under Paul Warne at Rotherham.

 

Derby’s head coach did admit at the time that he would have cost around £1m as Clarke-Harris saw a move to Bristol Rovers collapse on deadline day last September.

 

But he has now been released by Peterborough as they failed to win promotion to the Championship with boss Darren Ferguson admitting the forward will land himself a good move after an impressive goalscoring record.

 

He said: “Jonson has been a great signing. He played such a pivotal role in us getting promoted, scored quite a few goals in the Championship and has made such a huge impact on what we have done in recent years.

 

“Of course, at the start of this season, we felt he would be leaving twice, particularly the first window, but stayed and by that time I had made my mind up that I wanted to go in a different direction. It was difficult for him at times because he wants to play games, but he understood it and I have to say he has been fantastic in the dressing room, fantastic for me, he has been a real help because he has never caused a problem and I think we have a lot of respect for each other. I wish him all the best, I am sure he will get a good move and he deserves it. He will never be forgotten for what he did here.”

 

Speaking about Clarke-Harris last September, Warne said: “There are players, for example, and I know because I had him and somebody in the car park asked me if I was signing (Jonson) Clarke-Harris.

 

“He was going for more than a million in the end. He is over 30, there is no resale value. It’s a million you are throwing away.

 

“I am not trying to quash dreams but if you are going to have a healthy forward-thinking football club buying players for a million who are over 30 isn’t the way to go.”

 

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