Stefan Payne sold by Shrewsbury Town to League One rivals - with VIDEO
Shrewsbury Town have sold striker Stefan Payne to Bristol Rovers – and boss John Askey is 'confident' a replacement will join before the 5pm deadline.
Payne was Town's top scorer last season, with 14 goals, and has move to League One rivals Rovers for an undisclosed fee.
It is understood a factor in his decision to leave Montgomery Waters Meadow was to be closer to his London-based family.
He will play alongside former Salop winger Alex Rodman at the Memorial Ground.
Askey said: "I think Stefan has enjoyed his time at Shrewsbury,” Askey said. “It was an opportunity to extend his contract and make more money.
“It was a difficult decision for him, but one he felt that he had to take.
“When I first came in, he said that the distance was a bit of a problem for him with having family in London and with getting settled.
“By going to Bristol, it gives him a chance to be closer to home.
“Stefan has worked really hard during pre-season, he’s got himself really fit. In the game on Saturday he worked hard without really getting much joy regarding chances.
“It’s a shame he’s gone, but again we have irons in the fire to try and replace him.
“I’ve not had a problem at all with Stefan, his attitude has been spot on all throughout and we all wish him well.”