Scunthorpe United’s Lincolnshire rivals Lincoln City and Grimsby Town will find the tenth Football League Agents’ Fees Report interesting reading. Imps still ponder the mystery fee for Boyce, now on loan at the Mariners and can at least take solace from the fact that our now richer county rivals appear to be paying through the nose.
The report below includes the Championship, League One and League 2 clubs.
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Eleven clubs spent under ten thousand, three of which refused to part with a penny despite accomplishing 87 transactions. A round of applause please for Accrington, AFC Wimbledon and Hartlepool, Jeff Stellings imperious monkeyhangers. This was almost a tenth of the 907 transactions. Certainly necessity is the mother of invention, but League 2 did half the transactions of League One at a quarter of the cost. With Scunthorpe gone this season and Portsmouth now out of the jaws of financial despair, it will be slim pickings this year in League 2.
The League One Clubs Agent’s fees bill came to £2.4 millions last year with three clubs making up half of the total. Perhaps it is a sign of the new TV deal’s increasing polarisation of the game, or common sense on the part of the clubs. In reality with over a thousand players looking for work (and rising) it is probably a well overdue return to the principles of supply and demand.
No surprise that Wolverhampton Wanderer’s parted with £571,350, largely getting rid of the Premiership hangover it has to be said. Bristol City another big club falling upon hard times spent £339,467 but Brentford in third continues their ambition climb through the Divisions. The Bees were stung for £253,236 according to the Football League report ending 2013. The division saw 1076 transactions including 385 transfers and 356 loans.
The shrewd shrews certainly lived up to their name spending nothing. No surprises that Crewe, with an enviable youth set up that provides a conveyor belt of talent, spent £6,066. Walsall spent just a monkey more (£500) with Carlisle also putting under ten grand in the agents hands.
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