Date:Monday June 11 2012
Barnsley have pulled off a major coup in the summer transfer market by making winger-cum-striker Kelvin Etuhu.
It is Barnsley`s first signing of the close season.
It is a signing 12 months in the making after a move for the former Manchester City man fell through last summer after he failed a medical but Reds boss Keith Hill has finally got his man.
Only a few days ago though it seemed Etuhu was set to sign an extension to his contract at Portsmouth, who he joined in January, with Hill even publicly admitting defeat in his chase of the Nigerian.
But Etuhu is believed to have had a last minute change of heart and opted to move to Barnsley, stating he has a lot of faith in Hill to get the best out of him.
Etuhu has signed an initial one-year contract at Oakwell.
This signing looks like a good one for the reds. However I again have to question signing another player on a one year contract.
If he proves a success we will have the big clubs sniffing in January and will again have to let him go for a small fee or for nothing in the summer.
I strongly believe that the club need to review their contract policy. We are always looking to protect ourselves against the worst case scenario. If we were to get relegated and had given him a 2 year deal the club see it has paying another 12 months wages they can`t afford to.
But what about the potential transfer fees we`ve lost out on, on the likes of Vaz Te and Butterfield? I really believe the club should change how they do business in this respect.
Date:Monday June 11 2012
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