SWINDON Town will receive £300,000 plus a 20 per cent sell-on fee from Milton Keynes Dons for striker Scott Twine following a ruling by an independent tribunal this week.

Twine – who scored seven goals and claimed three assists during 25 appearances last season as Town were relegated to League Two – left the County Ground for Stadium MK in the summer of 2021 after refusing to sign a new contract at Swindon.

According to EFL rules, any player under the age of 24 who is offered a new contract by his current club but turns it down in order to sign somewhere else sees his ‘transfer fee’ set by a tribunal.

Speaking on Swindon Town Official Supporters Club’s Monday Night Panel event earlier in the week, Swindon Town Football Club’s CEO Rob Angus feels the Robins received a fair price.

He said: “The way the tribunal set it out is that the club will receive £150,000 up front and there is another £150,000 due towards the end of March.

“We’ll get some more money based on appearances, and 20 per cent of any sell on.

“We’d much rather he was still at the club as that would be the biggest benefit, but we think we’ve got a fair hearing at the tribunal.

“Clem invested in good lawyers that represented us at that tribunal, and we think they did a decent job.”

Twine – who featured 59 times in total for his hometown club after coming through the academy – has been linked with Championship side Nottingham Forest in the January transfer window but seems unlikely to move at this point.

While Angus once again admitted it would have been preferable to have kept the talented 22-year-old, he discussed how the money raised from Twine’s sale can benefit the club in other ways.

Speaking exclusively to Adver Sport, Angus said: “It will go into the pot, along with the money from the Man City game. It’ll help us continue to rebuild the finances.

“We’ve got the debts down to about £2.3 million now, so it will continue to help us re-pay those debts. But at the same time, we are looking at improvements we can make to the current training ground.

“It’s also handy that we’ll be able to help add further numbers to Ben Garner’s squad. We’ve still got some restrictions that we’ve got to work with, but with the spaces that need filling it can go towards that.

“It can also help with some of the improvements that we’re trying to make to the County Ground.”