Plymouth Argyle put Darren Purse on the transfer list
PLYMOUTH Argyle captain Darren Purse has been made available for transfer, Herald Sport understands.
The 35-year-old centre-back (right) has had his name circulated to all Football League clubs, according to sources.
Financial, not footballing, reasons are thought to be behind Argyle's decision as the consequences of below-budget attendances at Home Park this season start to bite.
Purse is under contract to the League Two club until the end of this season and any move away from Home Park cannot be completed until the January transfer window.
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The experienced defender will complete a three-match suspension when Argyle play one of his former clubs, Oxford United, in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy southern section quarter-finals at Home Park tonight (7pm).
He was banned after being sent-off for serious foul play in the 3-0 defeat away to Fleetwood Town on November 17.
Purse played in the Premier League for Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion earlier in a career which has seen him make more than 600 first team appearances.
Argyle tried to sign Purse on loan from Championship club Millwall in October 2011 but were not allowed to do so by the Football League because they were still in administration.
Purse, instead, had a one-month spell at League One outfit Yeovil Town.
Then, after James Brent successfully took Argyle out of administration with his takeover of the club, Purse signed for them at the end of that November.
He initially moved to Home Park on loan, but completed a permanent transfer at the start of January 2012.
With Purse a commanding presence at centre-back, Argyle successfully escaped the threat of relegation from League Two last season.
He made 24 appearances for the Pilgrims in 2011/12, and scored two goals, and has added a further 17 starts this term.
Purse took over the captaincy at Argyle after the departure of midfielder Simon Walton to League One outfit Hartlepool United in July.
He was in south Wales on Sunday afternoon when two of his former clubs, Cardiff City and Sheffield Wednesday, met in a Championship clash. Purse was the co-commentator for BBC Radio Sheffield's coverage of the game. Argyle return to action tonight after a 10-day break and with a spot in the last eight of the JPT at stake.
They have not played since losing 1-0 at home to Chesterfield in League Two on November 24.
Their 1-0 FA Cup first round defeat away to Dorchester Town at the start of last month meant they did not have a game at the weekend.
Dorchester were beaten 2-1 at Football Conference club Luton Town in the FA Cup second round on Saturday.
Oxford were also involved in the FA Cup on the same afternoon, drawing 3-3 in a thriller at Accrington Stanley.
Argyle manager Carl Fletcher explained his players' training schedule had been adjusted because of the 10-day break but added: "The lads have worked hard and are looking forward to the game."
The Pilgrims reached the southern section quarter-finals of the JPT with a 2-1 home triumph over Aldershot Town on October 9.
Fletcher said: "You only need a couple of wins and, before you know it, you are playing for a place at Wembley. It will be a tough game against Oxford. They had an exciting cup tie away to Accrington at the weekend."
Argyle left-back Robbie Williams is still sidelined by a stomach muscle injury, but midfielder Luke Young could return to the squad tonight.
Young, 19, has sat out the last two matches because of a shoulder injury which he suffered in the game against Fleetwood.
Fletcher said: "Youngy seems to be okay. He has got a problem there but the pain has eased off. It could be one of those things which you have to play with and hope it doesn't get any worse."