Queen of the South manager Gordon Chisholm has expressed disappointment after defender Eric Paton signed a pre-contract deal with Dundee.
Paton will move to Dens Park in the summer
The 29-year-old will remain with the Doonhamers until the end of the season and move to Dens Park in the summer.
"Eric signed a pre-contract yesterday and it's not something I agree with in the game," Chisholm told BBC Sport.
"Especially, when the two teams are in the same league. But it's a ruling and we just have to get on with it."
Paton has spent five-and-a-half years at Palmerston, making 207 first-team appearances and scoring 10 goals.
Chisholm added: "Eric will stay here until the end of the season.
"He's a great lad and he's a good player. I've no doubt he will continue to give everything he's got."