Stourbridge manager Gary Hackett is wary of applying too much pressure on Dan Scarr, after the defender completed a dream move to SkyBet Championship club Birmingham City.

Scarr’s impressive performances during the Glassboys run to the FA Cup Third Round had caught the attention of numerous clubs higher up pyramid but it was Gianfranco Zola’s Blues that finally secured his signature.

That came after Scarr spent time on trial with Premier League side West Bromwich Albion, before agreeing a two and a half year contract with the Blues.

His former boss believes that he has the ability to make the step-up of five division, but urged City fans to be patient with the lifelong Blues supporter.

Hackett said “There is no point putting undue pressure on Dan.  If he gets his head down, focuses on training hard and listens to their coaching staff he will go on to have a very good career with the club.

“They will have to be patient but we know exactly what he can do.

“It may take time but I have been banging on about Dan making the step up to the Football League for twelve months now.  It’s a tremendous opportunity for him and obviously the FA Cup run has given him the exposure to get the move.

“It’s a great move and he goes to Birmingham City with our best wishes”.

Hackett also revealed that a number of clubs, not just West Brom, were interested in securing Scarr’s services.gary hackett of stourbridge

“It was well reported that he trained with West Brom and he did well there.

“But we also had Middlesbrough, Port Value and Portsmouth interested in taking a look at him.

“Birmingham were the first ones in contact and they ticked a lot of boxes for Dan.

“They are on his doorstep and he is a lifelong Blues fan so I am sure that played a part in the move”.

The move saw Stourbridge receive an undisclosed fee for Scarr, with a number of add-ons included depending on what the defender goes on to achieve in his time at St Andrews.

Negotiations between the two clubs were straightforward, with Hackett believing that “the deal was right for all parties”.

He revealed “We didn’t want to stand in Dan’s way but we had to get the right deal for the club.

“Dan was contracted to us, so he got the benefit of getting paid when he was out injured.

“We got the benefit of being able to get a fee for him when a club came in for him and that is what we have done.

“We are happy with the deal, we couldn’t be greedy and there are bits and pieces that can be added on to the deal too.

“You always want more in any deal, no matter what you get, but we are happy and the deal was right for all parties”.

Hackett’s side currently sit in fourth place in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League table, seven points behind leaders Blyth Spartans.

They also hold a game in hand on the Croft Park club and will hope to make a late charge towards promotion to cap what has been a remarkable season so far.

With the fee received for Scarr, Hackett is able to find a replacement; although he believes that will be no easy task for him to replace the man he signed from Redditch United in the summer of 2015.

“It’s easier said than done saying we will replace someone like Dan.

“We brought him up from Redditch and he took his chance with us brilliantly.

“I think if we are going to replace him, and we look to compare his ability, then we would be looking at having to sign someone from the National League.

“Yes, we could look to bring someone in from further down the pyramid, but to find another jewel like Dan is a tough task.

“That is what we are facing and we won’t just sign someone for the sake of it.  We have players that are more than capable of playing in the role.

“If we need to replace him, we will, it is our job to do that if we feel it is required”.

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