Apologies for the headline. It’s been one of them days and I needed something simple like that to have a chuckle about!
Anyway, according to the local press it seems as though we are passing on the opportunity of signing former Blackburn Rovers midfielder Junior Hoilett.
The 22-year-old Canadian born attacker is a free agent after opting not to renew his contract with Blackburn after their recent relegation from the Premier League. However despite the relegation of Rovers Hoilett has carved out a reputation for himself and has, allegedly, alerted the interest of a number of clubs, including us.
Not any more however as it would appear that this “free” signing would be anything but free for any club who decides to sign him up. Due to his age Blackburn would be owed compensation for nurturing Hoilett but as he is out of contract the amount of compensation would be set by a tribunal. I dare say it won’t be cheap either although it’s also worth considering that a tribunal fee would more than likely be less than what Hoilett would sell for if he was still under contract.
Then there are wages to consider. Apparently Hoilett is looking for a deal worth in the region of £50,000 a week. Like the local press, I can’t see us paying it, but I bet someone will and if they do they will get a cracking little player who has his best years in front of him.
On one hand I feel his alleged demands area bit high, but on the other there is the fact that good players sometimes cost a bit of money. Anyway, all irrelevant now I guess.
Do you think we’re making a mistake by passing up the chance to sign Junior Hoilett?
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