Date: 18th August 2008 at 6:39pm
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ACCRINGTON Stanley have today lost their midfield dynamo Ian Craney, who has joined Coca-Cola League One side Huddersfield Town for an undisclosed fee.

Craney, 26, joined Accrington for the first time in 2004, as he signed from Altrincham for a fee of just over £17,000 and left three years later in 2007 to join Swansea for £150,000.

However after just a year at the Liberty Stadium followed and the midfielder rejoined the Fraser Eagle Stadium outfit on loan before completing a club record £85,000 move back to East Lancashire.

But now former Burnley manager Stan Ternent has completed the signing of Craney, who scored the first of Stanley’s two goals on Saturday afternoon as the Reds beat Port Vale 2-0.

Speaking about the deal Stanley Chief Executive Robert Heys said: ‘It has always been the case that if another club comes in for one of our players with an offer that is right for both Accrington Stanley and the player then we will consider it.’

The club had rejected two offers from fellow League Two side Morecambe throughout the summer along with another offer from an unnamed League One side, thought to be Huddersfield who have since upped their offer.

‘We rejected a couple of offers for Ian over the summer because they weren’t what we were looking for, however every player has their price and Huddersfield were very keen to secure Ian’s services.’ continued Heys.

‘Some of the money will be used to make sure that the squad remains competitive this season, and the rest used to help balance the books in what is a tight year for the club, particularly as we have to finance the additional seats to keep us in the Football League.’

Vital Stanley would like to wish Ian the best of luck with his new club in the coming season, and who knows if we will cross paths again.