THE mass exodus of last season’s promotion-winning squad to Plymouth continued this week, leaving Argyle chairman Simon Hallett feeling a pang of guilt.

Since last week, Dom Telford and Callum McFadzean have signed permanent deals at Home Park, joining former team-mates Will Aimson and Danny Mayor.

Ryan Lowe had already jumped ship, taking with him backroom boys including assistant-manager Steven Schumacher; head of fitness and conditioning John Lucas; and performance analyst Jimmy Dickinson.

It could yet be that Byron Moore joins that list, with the 30-year-old striker trying to engineer an exit from the last year of his contract and join his former boss Lowe.

Argyle chief Hallett admits the one-way traffic has left him feeling for Bury’s plight – even though his own side are following their blueprint for success.

 “I feel a little bit of guilt about it, but we paid good compensation for them,” he said.

“The club and its executives got itself into this mess, the players aren’t getting paid and they are young men who need income. We can provide that opportunity.

“I wish that Bury weren’t in this mess. Like us, it’s a club that’s loved by its community and it has got itself into terrible difficulties.

“I don’t feel too good about it, but I don’t think there is anything else we can be expected to do.

“We have paid a lot of money in compensation, which I hope went to paying some of the staff wages.”

Telford’s fee was listed as undisclosed but it is understood to have improved slightly on a £50,000 bid rejected by the Shakers last week.

Telford was an EFL Trophy specialist last season, his seven goals helping them to the semi-finals of the competition.

In all, he played 48 times and also scored six times from 16 starts in the league.

McFadzean made 49 appearances in all competitions in his single season at Gigg Lane.

The 25-year-old defender was initially picked up by Lowe after a successful trial last summer having been with Guiseley.

The Sheffield United academy graduate also had loan spells at Chesterfield, Burton and Stevenage during his time at Bramall Lane.