Rochdale boss Keith Hill has wished Scott Hogan well for the future and says the striker and his new club Brentford are a good fit.
The 22-year-old fired Dale to promotion last year, scoring 19 goals in total, and was named in League Two's team of the season.
Hill told the club's official website: "I'm so pleased for Scotty Hogan - he deserves it. The last two or three weeks have been tough due to a lot of speculation, but it will make him stronger.
"(Last season) he found a home at Rochdale and we found one unbelievable player. I wish him all the best for the future and I'll be keeping a keen eye on what he does."
Hill was reluctant to let him leave, but claims the move suited all parties.
"We stood our ground - other clubs had made bids, contrary to reports, and we got what we consider to be the best value for Scotty Hogan. It has been good business by Brentford and Rochdale Football Club.
"I believe he has chosen a really good management team. The owner of Brentford has big plans and I believe he has chosen a really good team, as well as a football club
"I think it will be relatively easy for Hogan to slip into their side because they're similar in their principles to the way that we want to play. I think it'll be a great fit for Scotty Hogan and I also think it'll be a great fit for Brentford."Hill now faces the tough task of replacing Hogan, as Rochdale prepare for their return to League One, and he is confident he can fill the void.
He added: "We have to replace him and we will do. The money that we receive from the sale of Scotty Hogan can be invested into the future of the football club.
"We have a budget and I still have room within my budget to recruit up to four players plus loan players, but I believe we have the nucleus of a very good young squad.
"I do need replacements for Scott, there's no question about that, and I maybe need one or two more faces to freshen the whole place up, but we'll do it by sticking to our financial plan."