Joey Barton has said Fleetwood Town had to let Ross Wallace leave the club on Monday to fund a move for Burnley defender Jimmy Dunne.

Wallace, who is 34 years-old, only re-signed for the League One side on a short-term contract last month and has played a handful of games for them this season. However, he will now have to hunt for a new club after seeing his deal come to an end.

The experienced winger made 38 appearances for the Cod Army in the last campaign.

His departure has funded a loan move for Burnley defender Dunne, who has previously had loan spells away the Clarets at Barrow, Accrington Stanley, Hearts and Sunderland.

Barton has talked about his departure, as per a report by Fleetwood Today: “Ross had done fantastically well for us but we have all seen with the case going on at Bury that clubs have to balance the books. I did not have a centre- half, so in essence I had to swap Jimmy Dunne for Ross Wallace because I needed cover in that area, especially with losing Morgs (Craig Morgan). That was the decision.”

“I’m disappointed for Ross. I do still feel he has an awful lot to offer and I do feel that if we had more room in our budget I’d definitely have kept Ross on. He was great for us last year – robust and played a load of games. I have no doubt he will pop back up somewhere because he is a quality player.”