YEOVIL Town sold Ed Upson because he had failed to meet expectations in the Sky Bet Championship and was no longer one of their better players, according to Gary Johnson.
The League One play-off hero left Huish Park after three-and-a-half years on Friday, relegation rivals Millwall paying a fee believed to be in the region of £100,000 for his services.
Midfielder Upson proved a fans’ favourite during his spell in the South West as he developed from a raw teenage talent to a key member of the starting XI.
However, the 24-year-old found chances harder to come by this season and despite making 28 appearances before his departure, he failed to start a game since the turn of the year following injury at Huddersfield Town.
Manager Johnson said: “You never want to lose one of your better players but over the past couple of months he hasn’t been one of our better players and for whatever reason he hasn’t come up to the standard of what we hoped he would in the Championship.
“He wasn’t in the team and was out of contract in the summer. He’s a fantastic person but when we got the offer it was an offer we should take with the circumstances.
“We will miss him and he will always be remembered for the performance that got us to Wembley. It’s always disappointing to lose a player but circumstances dictated.”
Hours before Upson’s deadline day exit, the Glovers pounced for Manchester United attacker Tom Lawrence on a three-month youth loan.
Discussing the player that impressed in League One for Carlisle United at the end of last year, Johnson said: “He’s got a bit of arrogance.
“He’s got loads of ability, it’s now about getting these lads into the pace of the Championship. Fans will see the pace of the games – it’s about attack and counter-attack and defence.
“He has to see that first and hopefully he will pick that up quickly because he’s got ability.”