Agent payments reduced by league clubs

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The Football League have announced that fees paid to agents over the course of last season fell by more than £2million.

A total of £8.8million was paid by the 72 clubs in the Coca-Cola Football League between July 2008 and June 2009, compared with £11.1m for the 12 months previously.

The overall drop was not unexpected, with figures released in February indicating a £2.2million fall in the first half of last season.

Over the course of the season, Football League clubs made 3,727 player transactions - which includes new registrations, transfers, contract updates, contract cancellations and loans - but just 6.1% of those - 229 - involved a payment to an agent.

The number of transactions was in fact up from 3,339 in the previous 12 months, but in that period 283 had seen agents receive a payment.

Nineteen of the League`s member clubs made no payments to agents - up one on last year - while 29 shelled out less than £10,000 on agents fees.

Each of the 24 clubs in the Coca-Cola Championship did make a payment and they totalled £7.5million between them, 86% of the total paid out, with £1.1million paid by League One clubs and just £200,000 from clubs in the basement division.

Announcing the results, Football League chairman Lord Mawhinney said: "Given the current financial outlook, it is encouraging that clubs are being more circumspect in terms of their payments to agents.

"Clubs only committed to pay an agent in 6% of the player transactions that took place during the course of the season. This is the lowest figure recorded in the five seasons since the publication of agents fees began.

"I would like to think that in pioneering the publication of agents` fees, the Football League has helped bring this about."

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