Yeovil Town Football Club's payments to Football Agents has dropped significantly, according to the latest figures issued by the Football League. The Glovers paid out just £4,670 across a 13 month period between June 1st 2009 and June 30th 2010. That's a heavy drop against the £11,500 figure for the 2008-09 season, and continues the cut-backs on money spent by the club in this area.
The Football League publish the figures to provide transparency in member clubs dealings within the world of agents, and to try and pressurise clubs into removing the practice of making payments to football agents, which they see as money "leaving the game". Only three clubs in League One made zero payments to agents - they were Exeter City, Stockport County and Tranmere Rovers. The Glovers were therefore the 4th lowest in League One.
At the other end of the scale, we have Southampton (£401,248), Norwich City (£381,681) and Leeds United (£335,723) were unsurprisingly the biggest payers of fees. Bristol Rovers were the busiest side in the division, registering a fairly incredible 29 loan deals and a total of 75 transactions overall.
The overall news across the whole Football League is that Agent Fees are on the way up, with a total of £12.7m paid out to agents between July 2009 and June 2010 compared with £8.8m for the 2008-09 season. Football League Chairman Greg Clarke has expressed concerns about this trend:
"Given the current economic climate, it is worrying to the see such a significant amount leaking from the game. This year's figures demonstrate a considerable increase on those of last season and it is essential that clubs work to reduce this liability over the coming campaign."
Over the course of the 2009-10 season, Yeovil Town made 11 new player registrations and transfers and updated one player's contract. There were four players contracts that were cancelled, whilst there were 14 loan deals executed, all adding up to 30 transactions across the season.
Link: 20/08/2009 : Glovers See Agent Payments Drop Again.
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