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Report reveals Blues' spending on agents' fees
WANDERERS spent just over £25,000 on agents' fees last season, a new report reveals today.
In completing 59 separate transactions over the course of the season, the club paid £25,396 to agents.
Of the other League Two clubs 15 paid less than Blues, with four - Accrington Stanley, AFC Wimbledon, Barnet and Morecambe - not forking out a single penny.
But the amount paid by Wanderers is relatively modest compared to the £106,383 splashed out by big spenders Rotherham, with Chesterfield spending £92,418 and Fleetwood Town handing £91,445 over to agents.
In total the 24 teams in League Two last season gave agents £674,037 - compared to the £18.5million spent by Championship clubs.
The annual Football League report also shows Wanderers spent more on agents' fees than eight League One clubs.
The report shows Blues made 59 transactions throughout the season. Of those, 28 were new registrations or transfers, 15 were for updated contracts, 11 were loans and five were for cancelled contracts. The report does not say if an agent received a fee for every single one of those transactions.
Only six League Two clubs made more transactions than Wanderers, with Fleetwood the busiest with 81. Crisis-hit Portsmouth were the Football League's busiest club, making 110 transactions throughout the year - and 71 of those were on new registrations or transfers.
Blues boss Gareth Ainsworth's boyhood club Blackburn Rovers were the biggest spenders as agents involved in their deals trousered more than £3.5million.
Football League chairman Greg Clarke said: "Again, this is a considerable amount of money to be leaving the game. However, the real challenge is to ensure that such payments are part of a sustainable financial model with clubs only spending what they can afford.
"In conjunction with clubs, we’re making real progress towards this goal and now have all three divisions operating Financial Fair Play regulations."
League Two clubs can spend no more than 55 per cent of their annual turnover on players' wages.
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