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    Forcing high earners out?

    It's possible bids were made for Westwood and Jones - free transfers where we continue to pay a significant portion of their wages. In which case, it's not unreasonable for us to turn down the offers. This would ultimately leave the decision with the player as to whether they would take a significant pay cut to leave. It could explain why they are now frozen out, if they refused this... This is all pure speculation of course!
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    Forcing high earners out?

    Not a chance Pudil is on £20,000 a week I'm sorry, don't be dramatic
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    We need to remember that a kid coming into the first team is always going to play safe with his passing - especially at centre half. As he becomes more settled he may well gain the confidence to bring the ball out a bit, play a bit more creatively and develop that side of his game. Also, he has very little experience playing against grown men so will not have had to use his impressive frame to it's full effect much yet. Again this side of his game will develop with more experience in the first team. Not that he's looked bad anyway tbh, but there's plenty more to come from this guy and as many have pointed out, a defender of his size is what we've needed for a long time. Come on Freddy!
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    Does this mean Westwood is back to number 1?

    It would be interesting to see what sort of abuse Dawson and Wildsmith would get if we carried on playing Westwood, and they handed in a transfer request or ran their contracts down. It's really not too different form the George Hirst situation
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    Owls Launch Silver Membership

    Glad that sense has been seen here but all the back slapping and congratulating should be going not to DC, but to those fans who have stood up for themselves and made clear they will not be ripped off
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    There won't be a fire sale of players

    I don't want to pass judgement on the right back situation because only time will tell as to whether the money is reinvested but the fact of the matter is we are losing the best right back currently at the club. If this move has been made because of our FFP situation - fine, but then we cannot in the same sentence speculate about reinvesting it (as many are), as that negates the reason for selling in the first place. If we are not going to reinvest, which wouldn't be a great surprise given our heel-dragging over Venancio then going into the season with Palmer at first-choice and a youth player with 1 appearance as back up does not excite me one bit! Finally, we need to remember that we as fans do not have an obligation to fund the investment in the squad and we sure as hell won't see any of our 'investment' back if we do go up, unlike our chairman. This project is his gamble, it's him who wins big if it pays off. This bloated wage bill and wasted transfer money over the last two years is also of his making and I don't like seeing our fanbase pressurised into paying extortionate prices, through vague threats of him pulling the plug. If the spending stops and players are sold, he will have a lot of seriously unhappy supporters on his hands with tickets at the prices they are at now.
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    #SWFC Players - Contract Expiry dates

    Hand on heart, I think in a years time all of those, except Hunt maybe will have left us. This season has an 'end of era' type feel about it and I'm not necessarily saying that as a negative, just that this squad has had enough of a chance now and the funds aren't there to maintain it. The last three years have been extremely memorable, for good reasons and for bad but I think we have a drastic change of direction ahead of us.
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    OK so assuming we paid £8m over 4 years, we have already 'lost' £2m on this season's installments. If we sell for £3m that loss instantly turns into £5m. If you're adding wages to it then it's £6.75m. Obviously he's off the books for future years but for this year Rhodes' wages have already been paid ... we dont get it back! This year is the crunch year for us as the FFP limit is over a 3 year period and this is our 3rd year of overspending
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    Selling Rhodes is very unlikely. Currently as we are paying his transfer fee over 4 years I think, the impact on our FFP is spread out. If we sell him however, the loss we make on him instantly goes in to losses for that year. For example If we sell him for £3m, we get £5m added to losses for this season, instead of £2m which is what we would spend on his transfer fee installments.
  10. But we can't afford to - or is this a whoosh. Not sure what you mean there... but it's not that important whether we can't afford to or just don't want to pay him what he's worth (i.e. what he can get elsewhere). It's up to the club to convince him to stay - be that through money or first team opportunity. If you fail to do that, as we have, wish him well and move on. Not throw your toys out the pram and try to punish him.
  11. We've disgraced ourselves with the treatment of Hirst. Effectively banning an 18yr old international prospect from playing football for 8 months because we cannot offer him anywhere near as much as prem teams is horrendous. After this saga, any youth player we try to bring in will have serious reservations about coming to us for years to come. Full credit to Jos if he is behind George's return, i suspect he is. The lad deserves to be allowed to play
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    The Stars combined sheffield team

    Can't see why you would be upset at that personally... United have been far better than us this year!! The real difference between us though has been the managers. With someone as competent Wilder was in charge of our squad we'd be looking at 11 Wednesday players there.
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    List of Premiership free contracts

    Kyle Bartley, James McArthur, Joel Ward This won't be popular but I'd also have Ben Watson for a year. He's what we need in the middle
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    AVB - is he worth holding out for?

    The positive about AVB is that he is a big enough name and character to demand total control of signings and selections, and would likely walk at the first sign of micromanagement. We need someone like this. That said a month is far too long to wait given how we're performingat the moment, and we could well end up being gazumped at the end anyway by a rich middle eastern team or something
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    What is your absolute best starting eleven?

    Westwood Hunt Lees Loovens Pudil Hutchinson Bannan Lee Reach Hooper Forestieri Surprisingly easy to pick