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ROWETT ON KEE DEPARTURE

18 August 2014

Billy was keen to make the move happen and i've reluctantly allowed him to go


Burton Albion striker Billy Kee has joined Sky Bet League 1 side Scunthorpe United for an undisclosed fee.

 

The club agreed a fee for the striker last week and Kee has now agreed personal terms to bring to an end his three-year spell at the Pirelli Stadium.

 

In his time with the Brewers, Kee scored 42 goals in 117 appearances including the two late goals last Saturday against Dagenham and Redbridge.

 

Brewer’s boss Gary Rowett said the club couldn’t stand in his way: “Billy was desperate for a new challenge.

 

"I think it's been well documented the goals he's scored here and when I sat down with him at the start of the summer I felt Billy was fiercely ambitious.


"We're sorry to see him go and we'll miss his goals, but I think we've had a good offer from Scunthorpe and it's good for both clubs.


"Billy was keen to make the move happen and I've reluctantly allowed him to go, but i'd like to thank him for his efforts as he's been a real factor in the Football League for us and a big part of us staying up.

 

“I don’t want to stand in his way, as it’s a fantastic opportunity for him to play in League One."

 

Despite the departure of the popular striker Rowett believes the club will become stronger.

 

"I just felt this year the way we've developed in terms of the players we've bought in and with one or two additions, we might be stronger.


"He's a goalscorer and he's one of those players who can play not so well and still win you the game, which is a valuable commodity. I think that's why Scunthorpe have put a bid in for him.


"I believe that although we don't want to lose our best players at the club at the same time we have to assess the situation. He's got a year left and he was keen to go talk to them and make it happen. When you have that scenario I think it's very difficult to stand in his way, so we'll look to develop the team further and fill the gap."


The club would like to thank Billy for all his hard work and we wish him and his family our best wishes for the future.

 


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