Graham Alexander reckons a £50,000-a-week offer wouldn’t have convinced Allan Campbell to stay at Motherwell such is the midfielder’s drive to reach the top.
The Well boss has finally admitted defeat in his bid to keep the academy product who will follow skipper Declan Gallagher out the door in the coming weeks after rejecting a final offer at the club he first joined as a 10-year-old.
With two star men heading out, boss Alexander has now turned his attention to bringing signings in - as well as bringing back star performers including Devante Cole and Liam Kelly.
Which means securing seventh place takes on a whole new importance with the difference between top of the split and ninth a cool £150,000.
Well face Dundee United on Wednesday evening before finishing the campaign at home to Ross County on Sunday.
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And Alexander is demanding his players maintain their good standards which has seen them lose just one of their last 10 games over 90 minutes.
Campbell - attracting interest from south of the border with Millwall long term admirers and Luton also interested as revealed by Record Sport - and Gallagher are expected to play their part in both matches before saying their farewells.
And Alexander said: “Allan will be off to pastures new in the summer.
“I spoke to him 10 days or so ago and offered him a new contract on the small chance he might accept it.
“But he is determined to see what is out there for him in terms of a new challenge and to go onto a higher level.
“The conversation we had was a brilliant one and it was nothing to do with money, it was all about maximising his football potential.
“I think we could have offered him £50,000 a week and he would still be going. It’s for football reasons and that’s difficult to argue with.
“You want your players to be ambitious and chase the top level they can play at.”
Alexander admits the financial rewards for finishing as high as possible up the table are vital as he looks to shape his squad for the new season.
Out of contract Devante Cole and loan star Liam Kelly - who will return to QPR next week - are both central to the Fir Park boss’ plans.
And he said: “We have to have another chat to Devante at the end of the season.
“We offered him a contract two months ago and I spoke to his agent last week and he has asked to speak to me at the end of the season.
“We have spoken to QPR (about Kelly) but it is early stages. They want to assess their squad, so there is no conclusion.
“They know of our interest and Liam’s ambition to come back here and play.
“He has enjoyed his time here but he is their player and has two years on his deal.
“There are a few hurdles to overcome from all sides before we can get that done but fingers crossed.
“He has had a massive impact since he has come in and he is a top player we want to keep as he will make us better.”
A win at Tannadice this evening could be enough to secure seventh depending on St Mirren’s result against Kilmarnock.
And Alexander said: “I think the financial side of it is really important to us.
“We have to have good finances and run the club really well as we want to recruit the best players but have the infrastructure to support them and that costs money.
“That’s secondary in my thoughts as winning games is the positive to have.
“We have the seeds of something positive going forward but there are financial rewards which are important too.
“It would help but winning helps recruit players too. They want to be part of a winning environment which we have had.”