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Peterborough United's interesting transfer policy outlined

Wednesday 31st May 2017
Peterborough United have sold millions of pounds worth of talent over the years. Darragh MacAnthony has a particular skill of being able to spot hot prospects from non-league, pushing them up and turning them into footballing masterminds, eventually making an extremely healthy profit per player. However, they have a very interesting transfer policy which I take a more in-depth look at.

So, in case you didn't know, Peterborough United have a transfer policy which is very different to other clubs. When a player enters their final year of their contract, regardless of whether they've entered further negotiations or not, they're automatically placed upon the transfer list. While this seems a sensible idea, the Posh are effectively missing out on players, playing for the club for a whole season. Some big names have hit the list this year.

As mentioned, Peterborough have made a tidy profit from selling on their players that they've harvested from the lower leagues. A few names that come to mind are George Boyd, Dwight Gayle, Ryan Bennett, Lee Tomlin and Britt Assombalonga. All of these players have been sold for over £1million each, with some being a victim of the transfer policy set in place. Clearly, the main goal for the club is to receive a fee for a player instead of them seeing their contract out, eventually leaving the club for free. For sure, there are clear drawbacks to the philosophy, yet they've made a lot of money from it so far.

MacAnthony sheds a different light on his perspective of his policy. He revealed through a live periscope session, on Tuesday 30 March, that his policy is to make sure the club and player are treated fairly. He went on to explain that it's as much about getting a fee for the club, as it is to ensure the player's career are progressed in the correct way too. For example, starlet Marcus Maddison has been placed on the list. MacAnthony states that he believes the attacking midfielder is “the best player outside the Championship for his age”, a bold headline, particularly for a transfer listed player. It's obvious that the player wants to play at a higher level, while the Peterborough owner respects that, he has to make sure the club gets what they need too.

Another big name for the Posh to enter the transfer list, due to entering the last year of their contract, is Michael Bostwick. The fans favourite joined the Posh in 2012 and even went on to captain the club for a number of games. He's extremely important to the Cambridgeshire side, his bravery and commitment to win at all costs is superb, a rare sight as the “diving culture” is increasing.

Peterborough have suffered the past few years, they've relied upon a goal-machine in the past, but that hasn't been available to them recently. However, the tides may be turning. The club have signed Ricky Miller from non-league Dover Athletic, a striker who scored an incredible 45 goals in 46 appearances last year. Peterborough's transfer policy remains an interesting one, one that divides fans. Other players to fall on the transfer list due to their contracts expiring in 12 months are Lee Angol, Jordan Nicholson, Jerome Binnom-Williams, Hayden White and Luke James.

You can watch Darragh MacAnthony's periscope broadcast here.
Jack Drury
19 years of age. Sport and Exercise Science Student at Loughborough University. Peterborough United.

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