Baz, you missed out on a di­a­mond

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO -

BARRY Fry is the last man you’d ex­pect to miss a trick in the trans­fer mar­ket – as the £7m pock­eted from Dwight Gayle’s var­i­ous trans­fers demon­strates. Craig Mack­ail-Smith, Ge­orge Boyd, Aaron McLean: Peter­bor­ough’s di­rec­tor of foot­ball reg­u­larly scours the grim­mer reaches of the foot­ball pyra­mid for un­tapped tal­ent and has a wider net­work of in­for­mants than the Stasi. But even Big Baz doesn’t get it right all the time. In 2011, Fry took a call from Mark Stim­son, the for­mer Gilling­ham boss, to say he’d spot­ted a rough di­a­mond. “I’d seen this young guy play­ing for Hinck­ley, a striker with fright­en­ing pace,” said Stim­son. “I said to Baz, ‘If you don’t get him then some­one else will’. For once, though, Fry wasn’t im­pressed. Which is a shame be­cause the player in ques­tion was An­dre Gray, Pre­mier League striker, Eng­land hope­ful and a man flogged for fees to­talling more than £10m!

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