Football League announces fees paid by clubs
The Football League has published its annual Agents' Fees report for the 2012/13 season.
The report relates to payments made from 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2013.
In the year, Huddersfield Town made 68 player transactions; these deals include new signings, outgoings, contract renewals and extensions plus some payments relating to deals done in prior years.
During the period, the fees have totalled £459,670; up on Town’s total of £213,343 from the previous season, albeit in League 1.
Some payments were incurred from incoming permanent deals made during the summer of 2012 including Adam Clayton, Paul Dixon, Anthony Gerrard, Joel Lynch, Oliver Norwood and Sean Scannell.
The period also includes contract renewals and extensions for the likes of Alex Smithies, Chris Atkinson and Jimmy Spencer, as well as the loan deals for Neil Danns and Theo Robinson.
Six of Town’s Championship rivals spent seven figures on agents’ fees during the time period, one of which was eventually relegated from the division and a further three that failed to make the Play-Offs.
The three newly relegated Premier League sides and three teams that were promoted from the division comprise six of the top eight spenders on agents’ fees.
Excluding Huddersfield Town, the three teams relegated from the Premier League in 2011/12 and the three lowest spenders, the remaining 17 clubs averaged £707,544.
Huddersfield Town Chief Executive Nigel Clibbens commented:
“Huddersfield Town’s spending on agents fees increased in the 2012/13 season as, following promotion, we embarked upon a summer of recruitment in order to transition our squad for Championship football.
“Agents play a big role in the world of football when it comes to informing you about opportunities regarding the availability of players and we factor agents’ fees into our overall Player Cost budget accordingly. Overall, our spending on agents’ fees remains below 5% of our total spending on Player Costs.
“I believe it is important to note that 15 of our 23 Championship rivals have spent more on agents than our club, as well as one League 1 club.
“Our challenge during the 2013/14 season and moving forward is to ensure that agents’ fees are part of our sustainable model in the world of the new Financial Fair Play regulations. “
Click HERE to read the full Football League report on Agents Fees.