GARETH Ainsworth said there "wasn't a chance" of bringing Stuart Beavon back to Adams Park because Blues couldn't afford his wages.
The former Wanderers striker was yesterday unveiled as a Burton Albion player for the forthcoming campaign after joining last year's beaten play off finalists on a season-long loan.
Ainsworth said that was down to a lack of cash in his transfer kitty - and he said being strapped for cash has caused him to miss out on other transfer targets.
The Blues boss said: "There was no way we could afford Stuart Beavon to come back here. I think that shows the gulf in what a team like Burton Albion can spend and what we've got. There wasn't a chance.
"There's been a few higher players I'd have liked to have brought in but realistically there's no way we could afford it."
Lack of finances were blamed for a failure to complete a loan deal for Paul Hayes in January, although the striker has now permanently signed for Wanderers on a two-year deal.