Platt turns down Dale deal
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Simpson (pictured) had hoped to keep the 24-year-old at Spotland but has now confirmed that contract talks had collapsed and Platt could be playing his last season for the club.
"We have made contact with Clive's agent with regards to a new contract, but unfortunately Clive has made it clear he would rather keep his options open," Simpson told the club's website.
"He has stated it is nothing against Rochdale Football Club as he loves playing here, but he would just like the opportunity to play at a higher level.
"As somebody who has made a similar decision before when I played at Oxford United, I can totally understand his situation.
"At the end of the day you cannot fault Clive for wanting to play at a higher level. He has stated he would love to do that with Rochdale, but we have left ourselves a very tall order if we want to achieve this next season."
With Platt's current deal expiring in the summer, Simpson admits that the club may have to cash in on him now rather than lose him at the end of the season for free, as clubs have already stated their interest in him.
"There has been contact from several clubs already with regards to Clive, but nothing of a satisfactory standard.
"The time will come when the club has to make a decision to either allow Clive to leave for free in the summer, or alternatively get what they can for him now.
"I would love Clive to stay here, and so would the supporters, and it will be a major loss if he does leave.
"But Clive wants to try and better himself, and nobody should knock him for that."