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Tomlin sale was right for the club - Johnson

Lee Johnson believes the sale of Lee Tomlin was “right for the club” after the maverick forward departed Ashton Gate for Cardiff City on Thursday.

Speaking about the deal for the first time since Tomlin’s departure, the City head coach explained the reasons behind the decision to allow the 28-year-old to leave for an undisclosed fee.

Now Johnson hopes to reinvest that money into developing his squad.

“I think it was right for the club, which is the most important thing,” he told BCTV.

“Tommo is a great lad and there’s no malice there.

“It’s not ideal when his personal circumstances meant he was travelling three hours to training and three hours back.

“For me, that wasn’t quite conducive to the culture we’re trying to create.

“It was a decision we made for the right reasons of the club.

“Obviously we got a decent fee that we can go and reinvest to pick out a player with similar qualities.”

WHAT HE SAID

"It was a decision we made for the right reasons of the club."

Lee Johnson