I think Tagg is talking about the situation in January... That he'd be able to leave on a free in the summer unless he signed a new contract. So a "creative" offer was put together by some genius, so he can get paid more, his agent can take a slice of flesh and he can still leave.Except the explanation is BS. JMT was NOT out of contract
Although City’s captain was contracted for the 2018/19 season, he had a clause in his contract which would allow him to leave St James Park on a free should Exeter City not gain promotion in the 2017/18 season.
At 24 years old, Jordan was able to leave, as any young player at the same age that had come through their clubs youth programme, would be entitled to do, on a 'free'. This is due to the Bosman ruling and any player in this position would no doubt have been advised by his agent that he should wait for any new offers.
So Bosman does NOT apply.
Could, quite possibly, be the "right answer" there Jason!Or that we thought we'd be promoted, so we could sell him rather than him buggering off.