Our Academy does not exist to provide a hobby for teenagers. We invest significant cash into infrastructure and coaches to maximise the chances of producing players for our first team and/or to generate income. The current system provides a set fee as "compensation" to the Club based on set criteria. For Jay Stansfield I believe the EPPP figure would amount to c£70k. Fulham have paid more than that and well done them. However to put that into context, last season Fulham were reportedly paying Andre Schurrle £100k EVERY WEEK.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.
The system is broken. There is limited incentive to produce players at a young age. Indeed I've not seen any mention of a sell-on clause or appearance money for Stansfield.
I hope the lad has a fantastic career.