Speaking to the club’s website, Jags CEO Gerry Britton said: “To be honest, we want to keep Aidan at the Club and had already turned down several bids from Norwich, the only Club to approach us about him.
“However, he and his advisers believe that this latest offer is too good to turn down. Having made it clear there was nothing we could do to change their minds, with great reluctance we agreed to let him speak to them, as we believe he still could have made further progress at Thistle.
“Aidan will now head south for a medical and if that is ok, the deal will be concluded thereafter.”
Cash from Fitzpatrick deal will be a big plus for Thistle
The club’s statement highlights that from this deal, the Jags will get ‘an unexpected but significant financial boost’.
This is a massive positive for the Firhill club. Britton seems concerned at whether this might be too much of a jump for the player, but you can’t deny him the chance to potentially play Premier League football.
For Thistle, whatever that sum is going to be, will have a significant impact for the club, with the Herald reporting it’s in the region of £350,000.
That gives manager Gary Caldwell some more funds to work with, as they looks to build towards a promotion push this season, instead of being around the bottom end of the league.
For Fitzpatrick this is a great deal. He’ll get a chance to prove himself in a massive league. Fitzpatrick will also work under a manager in Daniel Farke who loves to give youth a chance. The likes of Canary youngsters Max Aarons and Ben Godrey’s careers have been kicked into life by the ex-Borussia Dortmund coach.
They’d have loved to have kept Fitzpatrick, however, the money will provide Thistle some comfort when his move is eventually confirmed.