Jay Stansfield

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When did Wheeler join us then?
I was specifically referring to players we have signed from bigger clubs. Our poor record of signing players from non-league is probably a discussion for another day as I've derailed this thread more than enough already
 

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What a great example of how to run a football club by the team at Fulham.
Well played Jay.
 

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Unfortunately as a league 2 club we are never going to hold on to our brightest stars for to long plus Exeter’s ethos is as such if a great opportunity comes along they will be allowed to move on Jay wasn’t signed here on pro terms Fulham paid us up without a tribunal then gave him the no 9 shirt when he got there.
 

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Unfortunately as a league 2 club we are never going to hold on to our brightest stars for to long plus Exeter’s ethos is as such if a great opportunity comes along they will be allowed to move on Jay wasn’t signed here on pro terms Fulham paid us up without a tribunal then gave him the no 9 shirt when he got there.
You're right that we should never stand in a player's way. However the vast majority of youngsters in our Academy will never make it as a pro. We therefore need to ensure that the few who are good enough to play at higher levels are profitable for us. Fulham paid us what we were due and actually a little more. That however still does not represent his true value to us or indeed his value in 12 months / 2 years. That's not Jay's fault, nor Fulham's.

If we are going to invest in players from the age of 7 or 8 and train them for 9-10 years, only to see the best players leave for peanuts then why should we bother? We should be rewarded IF those players go on and have successful careers, in the form of appearances and sell-on clauses.
 

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As the system stands there will never be a way to get a full value fee if a player leaves at 16 on non pro terms as there underage no one owns them as such they are purely playing as a hobby the fact they are at Exeter is no different than if they were playing for Pinhoe or Whipton hopefully a sell on at later date will make it seem more fair to us perhaps.
 
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