Dean Smith today admitted disappointment with the amount of compensation Walsall will receive for Will Grigg from Brentford.
A Football League tribunal yesterday ruled the Bees must pay the Saddlers an initial £325,000 following the striker’s decision to switch to the Bees when his contract at the Banks’s expired, though this could rise to more than £500,000 thanks to a series of clauses.
However, Walsall had set Grigg’s valuation at closer to £1million and while generally philosophical about the situation, Smith admitted some disappointment at the final ruling.
“We had a fair hearing and put our case across,” he said.
“I’m disappointed we did not get a bit closer to our valuation but it was a fair hearing and I suppose the tribunal is there to make both parties not happy.
“I think they did the job there.”
Brentford boss Uwe Rosler declared himself happy with the ruling but Smith added: “Their initial bid was £150,000 and they have paid a lot more than that now.
“It’s a total which could add up to more than half a million and what we have to remember is it’s not a transfer fee but a compensation fee for a player who is out of contract.
“We put a really good case together in terms of how we trained and developed Will and the costs which came with that.”