James McPake has explained Graham Dorrans’ move away from Dundee after the former West Brom midfielder’s Dens Park exit.

The experienced former Scotland international has had spells in the Premier League with Norwich City and West Brom but now opts for his first move abroad after a stint with Dundee.

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The former West Brom man has moved to the A-League. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Dorrans joined Dundee last summer after a spell with Rangers was hit with injury, making 27 Tayside appearances. He has also featured for Livingston on top of his Canaries and West Brom stints, now moving to Western Sydney Wanderers in Australia.

Dee boss McPake has explained the move: “We are obviously disappointed to be losing Graham but it isn’t totally unexpected.

“To get a player of Graham’s quality to join the club in this division you have to include these types of clauses and to be honest we probably expected him to go in January or this summer.

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McPake has lost a key figure. (Photo by Mark Scates / SNS Group via Getty Images)

“He turned down improved financial offers from England in both transfer windows so shows he really bought into the club and it was a credit to everyone at Dens that he decided to stay so long. From the minute he walked through the door he has been nothing but a top professional.

“I spoke to him this week and he indicated that this was too good an opportunity to turn down.”

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