Carl Fletcher has no doubts about Darren Purse
MANAGER Carl Fletcher has no doubts about the continuing commitment of transfer-listed Plymouth Argyle captain Darren Purse.
The Pilgrims have told 35-year-old Purse he can leave Home Park as they attempt to free up money for new recruits in the January transfer window.
Purse has been suspended for the last three matches, after he was sent-off in the 3-0 defeat away to Fleetwood Town on November 17.
But the vastly experienced centre-back will be available for selection for the Pilgrims' game against York City at Home Park tomorrow (3pm).
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Fletcher was asked by Herald Sport at his pre-match media conference whether Purse was still part of his first team plans and he replied: "Definitely."
The Pilgrims' boss added: "He's a professional and he has got a drive to do things the right way. I think that's probably why he has played for so long and at such a high level."
Herald Sport revealed on Tuesday that Argyle had transfer-listed Purse, who is under contract to them until the end of this season.
Fletcher admitted that had been done with some reluctance on his part.
However, he and club officials are determined to avoid any repeat of the financial troubles which eventually led to Argyle ending up in administration in 2011.
Fletcher said: "The club has got to be run right and we have got to make sure the books add up because we don't want to end up in a situation like we were before.
"It's just one of those things you have to deal with football.
"It's something new from my point of view that you maybe have to lose players you don't want to just because of finances but I think that's football in general.
"You have got to look at the bigger picture as a whole and sometimes make a sacrifice."
A request from Herald Sport to interview Purse was not granted by Fletcher, but the defender underlined his commitment to Argyle on social network site twitter this week.
He made his comments after the Johnstone's Paint Trophy penalty shoot-out defeat by Oxford United on Tuesday.
Purse tweeted: "Shame about the result tonight but penalties are a lottery. Saturday is the most important game now. Need to get back to winning ways."
He later added: "Just because I've been put on the transfer list it doesn't stop my commitment to Argyle. Looking forward to being up for selection Saturday."
Argyle will have to make a defensive switch tomorrow because right-back Durrell Berry is suspended after he was sent-off for a second bookable offence near the end of the JPT tie against Oxford.
That could open the way for Purse to return in the centre of defence with Curtis Nelson moving to right-back.
Fletcher did not comment directly on that possibility, but he said: "It's disappointing Durrell got sent-off on Tuesday because the back four has been doing well.
"They probably haven't got the clean sheets they deserved in the last few games."