With Crewe Alexandra now in a tug of war with Crawley Town for Aldershot FC striker Danny Hylton, manager Steve Davis, backed by strong season ticket sales, appears to be keen to lay out a small fee for a 6′ 3″ striker. Many feel this to be unsettled Lincoln City striker Vadaine Oliver. In football finances the term ‘small’ is relative but , to the Imps, a fair return could make a massive difference. Tribunals also seem to be favouring non-League clubs in tussles with League ones, over the last few years.
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It is fair to say Vadaine, 22 in October, has been touted everywhere by his agent and co. Of the three Imps yet to sign (Andrew Boyce, Miller and his good self) he is the one you feel is set to leave. But a small fee is not on the cards. The Imps have taken the player from obscurity, rebuilt his confidence and will have a very strong case at a tribunal. As the player is under 24 we are guaranteed a fee for him, one that we deserve and, for that matter desperately need. Crewe, who have one of the most profitable youth set-ups in the football League, should be more aware of that than most. Aside from full Academy status and good funding they have argued the youth case well raising millions in transfer fees and add-ons (the clauses ensured they profited well out of David Platt’s £20 million in fees). The Railwaymen have also seen 75 players go on to play for the first team before being sold on, so clearly their Academy is a vital artery for the clubs continued prosperity.
Not so the Imps, with Mr Moyses putting his money where his mouth is, unlike many of our directors, as our centre of excellence endures a hand-to-mouth existence. With an additional 5-6 players required to complement the first-team squad, the budget is a tight one, even if season ticket sales and directors undertakings have seen it grow (3 sources suggest the £400,000 budget is now closer to £450,000). But with Hawkridge under contract, plus another target likely to require a small fee, a tribunal is likely to favour the Imps. We do not get the youth subsidies enjoyed by League sides, something tribunals are mindful of. The chances are that we would not only get a decent fee, but also some add-ons and a slice of any future sell-on.
Vadaine’s long-term career would be better served by signing for a club who will play him every week. Just ask Tyrone Barnett who waited before going to Posh for £1.1 million. Tyrone is just one of many confirming both, that our manager has a pedigree for developing young players and, that he has never stood in anyone’s way. The reality is that we are always going to be a selling club, but one that deserves the right to emulate Dario’s Crewe Youth vision. To do that we need a return for enduring the ups and downs on the way to seeing the glimpses one would expect as a player begins to blossom. Surely the Imps are entitled to see a bit of the Spring before a predatory club comes in and enjoys the sunshine?
Vadaine is certainly about to blossom as the stats below confirm. Surely Gary and the Imps deserve him until January at least or anywhere between £50k and 100k down payment plus add-ons. That is hardly a small fee is it?
Vadaine Oliver’s 2012/13 Impstats
scores every 176 minutes.
|FULL NAME||Vadaine Oliver|
|DATE OF BIRTH||21 October 1991 (age 21)|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Sheffield|
|HEIGHT||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|WEIGHT||12 st 4 lb (78 KG)|
|Playing Position||Centre forward|
|CURRENT CLUB||Lincoln City|
|2010-2012||Sheffield Wednesday – 0 apps|
|2013-date||Lincoln City 37 Apps 13 goals|
Tamworth and Lincoln are in a transfer tug of war after Mansfield Town decided not to follow up their interest in Crawley and Kettering centre-half John Dempster. The Lambs confirmed 4 new faces last week – Marcus Kelly, Adam Cunnington, Tommy Wright and Lee Hendrie – with another signing being unveiled at a press conference tomorrow.
John, in his prime at 29, is a combative centre-half who knows how to win. He won the League 2 title in 2002/3 with Rushden, the BSN with Kettering in 2007/8, the BSP title with Crawley in 2010/11; as well as helping them to promotion to League 1 this season. That is clearly a step too far for a very driven and focussed player that fans warm to.
Last term illustrates this particularly well. He started the season as first choice at Crawley but lost his place due to a second yellow against Port Vale, returning for three games before being loaned out to former club Kettering for a month. In those five games he managed 2 yellows plus another second yellow that led to a second ban. Despite a commanding performance for Crawley in a 2-0 win over Bury he was dropped for the following game and looked like being left to rot in the reserves.
Mansfield came in for him on loan where he got the chance to show his strengths. In 12 games he added another 3 yellows to his seasonal total but scored three times (headers from set-pieces) including a gem in his final game against Darlo a 5-2 romp. John finished the season at Crawley featuring in the final 4 games of their promotion winning side, netting once with a couple more yellows besides.
Despite paying Kettering an undisclosed fee, Crawley released John this summer but as yet no one has made him an offer. Since Mansfield decided not to follow up their interest, the field has opened for 3-4 Blue Square clubs, all of whom will be fully aware of his credentials at this level. Gowling, Boyce and Dempster would certainly see some cards this season but they would be a formidable nut for even the toughest characters in the BSP to crack.
|Full name||John Dempster|
|Date of birth||1 April 1983 (age 29)|
|Place of birth||Kettering,|
|Height/Weight||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) /11st 9lb (73.92kg)|
|Senior Stats (Lge & Cup)|
|2001–2006||Rushden & Diamonds||77||(4)|
|2011||Kettering Town (loan)||5||(0)|
|2011–2012||Mansfield Town (loan)||12||(3)|