TOWN have transferred David Mirfin to League I rivals Scunthorpe United for £150,000.
The 23-year-old centre-back, who was contracted until the end of this season, has agreed a three-year deal at Glanford Park, where he faces competition from Izzy Iriekpen and Kenny Milne, but he is unable to play against Hartlepool in the Carling Cup tonight because he wasn’t registered in time.
The deal includes add-ons for Town and a 25% sell-on clause as insurance should his career take off in new surroundings after 10 years at age-group, academy and senior level with Town.
Despite making 179 appearances, with 12 goals, Sheffield-based Mirfin has found himself on the sidelines under successive Town managers.
He was the player to lose out when Andy Ritchie signed Richard Keogh on loan from Bristol City, then brought in Rob Page from Coventry.
And Stan Ternent has snapped up centre-backs Andy Butler from Scunthorpe, Chris Lucketti from Sheffield United and David Unsworth from Burnley, having inherited the Clarke brothers, Nathan and Tom, as well as teenager Shane Killock.
“I just want to be playing matches and when I found out Scunthorpe were interested it was just a great opportunity,” said Mirfin.
“It’s a wrench to leave Town after 10 years, but these things happen in football. I’ve had a great time at the club and now is the time to move on, to start a new part of my career and to think about doing as well as I can for Scunthorpe.”
Mirfin revealed encouraging words about Scunthorpe from Town’s new signings Andy Butler and Jim Goodwin helped him make the move.
“Stan Ternent told me about the contact from Scunthorpe last week and I went across to meet Nigel Adkins (their manager) and discuss a possible move.
“Jim and Andy said what a good club it was and how the manager got the best out of players, and when I heard what he had to say about where he wants to take the club, I wanted to get the deal done.
“The players are disappointed with relegation last season and want to get straight back to the Championship and I’m keen to be a part of that.
“It’s a new and exciting challenge, hopefully my game will develop after gaining good League I experience with Town and, obviously, I’m hoping we can win promotion.”
Mirfin made his first-team debut at home to Oldham on the final day of the 2002-03 season. He featured in the League II play-off winning side the season after.