KAYDEN Jackson has become Accrington Stanley’s first million pound sale, smashing the club’s record, after leaving to join Ipswich Town.

The striker became a wanted man after helping to fire the Reds to the League Two title, with Championship and League One managers chasing his signature.

Ipswich today won the race, securing the 24-year-old on a three-year deal with one-year option, a week after signing Stanley defender Janoi Donacien.

The fees combined are understood to equal over £2.3million.

Stanley are hoping to add at least two players to their squad before today’s 5pm transfer deadline.

But manager John Coleman says all the transfer money from the departing duo will go towards improving the club’s infrastructure, rather than his squad.

“The money that we’ve got for Kayden Jackson and Janoi Donacien will be spent on changing rooms, offices at the club and a training ground. It won’t be spent on players, nor should it be,” he said.

“It means a lot for what we can do with the infrastructure of the club. I’ve made no secret of the fact that a training ground has been top of my list, since the day I walked into the club to be honest.

“For one reason or another it hasn’t materialised but now we’ve got the land and we’ve got the plans and it’s just waiting to press go.

“This money will help us press go a bit quicker.”

Of Jackson’s move, Coleman added: “To be fair to Kayden he made all the right noises about wanting to play football and letting things take their course, but it’s difficult to do that. Because you’re getting outside influences and phonecalls left right and centre from agents and people who are trying to hijack the deal and his head must have been spinning.

“It was a difficult situation for him on Saturday to play the game but I think he’ll be relieved that it’s all over now and at least we know where we are in squad terms and we have a clear path for the future.

“We’ve got good players in the squad. It wasn’t all plain sailing for Kayden last season. He had a tough time in the lead-up to Christmas, as we all did. We’ve got good players who can come in and take his place.”