Louth4sam wrote: Ezeikial wrote:
As for Duffy, yes we did pay a fee and a significant one too, at the time I thought it was a bit lousy by Celtic, as if they needed to take money off a LOI club, but definitely money changed hands. I’d say it’s pure paper rubbish talk in any case re Duffy, and the owners would be fully aware weeks and weeks ago he was another key player out of contract end of season, Mike T suggested as much in a recent interview re getting the better players on longer deals.
Its not like the expiry date of his contract is recent information - it was known from when he first signed!
The fact that the club have not been successful so far with getting a new contract signed is a concern. It highlights the folly of paying fees or compensation but not completing longer term contracts.
Would he really have signed a longer contract? You're realistically going to be throwing an extra wedge of cash at a player of serious potential if you want them to sign a 3/4 year contract
In relation to Michael Duffy, that's not a question anyone can answer, other than those close to the original negotiations.
Every signing has the potential to be different - but paying hefty transfer fees / compensation payments and/or signing-on fees based on a player signing a short-term contract (< 2 years) is clearly fraught with significant difficulties of making it difficult to re-coup any of that outlay.
Crucially if the club want to retain his services when the contract expires, they are likely to enter a bidding war and end up paying out an even greater extra wedge
In most leagues, including our neighbours In the Irish league, 3 and 4 year are normal and even 5 year deals are not exceptionally rare