The Football League have published details of payments made by clubs regarding Football Agents for the 2011-12 season. Over the twelve month period covering July 1st 2011 until June 30th 2012, Yeovil Town paid out a total of £8,720 to Agents as part of transfer dealings relating to players.
The League have also published details of how many player Contracts were registered by the Glovers during the 2011-12 season. Overall, the club registered 15 new players, and initiated 18 loan transfers across the season. There were four updated contracts, whilst three contracts with the club were cancelled - one of those would have been Kelly Youga.
In comparison with other League One clubs, Hartlepool United were the only club to not make any payments to Football Agents. Only Walsall (£7,398) and Exeter City (£5,500). At the other end of the payment scale, Sheffield Wednesday were the biggest spenders, forking out £332,620, whilst Charlton Athletic spent £265,170. Overall across the whole division League One clubs spent a total of £1,930,836 on Football Agents.
In comparison with the 2010-11 season, the League One figure has dropped slightly, with £2,347,749 having spent during that campaign across the division. For Yeovil Town, payments are up slightly from £6,000 during the 2010-11 season.
Across the whole Football League, a total of £21,672,010 was spent - significantly up on the 2010-11 figure of £16,658,976 and a huge increase from the £12,739,867 two years ago.
With those sums spiralling against the League's wishes to control spending within football, Chairman Greg Clarke has a bit of explaining to do. He cites the fact that much of the spending has been done by a 'top end' of clubs, specifically mentioning West Ham United's payments of £4,314,270 to Football Agents:
"While £21m is a lot of money leaving the game, it should also be noted that a considerable amount of this total has been spent by a small number of clubs. In fact, almost a fifth of the overall figure was spent by one club alone.
"Where such spending forms part of a sustainable business plan it shouldn't be of great concern and supporters should be encouraged to see our clubs committing themselves to the new Financial Fair Play regulations that will take effect across all three divisions in the new season. In time, these rules will require clubs to be more circumspect with regard to their spending and may help reduce the costs incurred in this area."
Link: 26/08/2011 : Glovers Agent Fees Flat As League Figures Spiral Upwards.
Link: 18/08/2010 : Glovers Agent Payments Down, But League Payments Go Up.
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