Fry nets Posh a mil­lion

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - by ALAN SWANN

THE sale of Shaun Batt to Cham­pi­onship side Mill­wall for £300,000 has taken Posh past the mil­lion pound mark in terms of in­come from trans­fers in 2010.

Striker Batt com­pleted his move to the Lions yes­ter­day in what will be seen as an out­stand­ing piece of trans­fer busi­ness by Posh di­rec­tor of foot­ball Barry Fry.

The deal with Mill­wall rep­re­sents a re­mark­able 5,900 per cent profit on a player Posh signed from non-league Fisher Ath­letic for just £5,000 in the sum­mer of 2008.

It’s even more re­mark­able as Batt scored just four goals for Posh in two years and was never a reg­u­lar starter in the first team.

Fry re­vealed some other fig­ures yes­ter­day which sug­gest he has ne­go­ti­ated plenty of other big-money deals.

Mid­fielder Paul Coutts was sold to Pre­ston for £350,000 in Jan­uary which rep­re­sents a 1,300 per cent profit on a player who cost Posh just £25,000.

Ox­ford spent £50,000 to take winger Al­fie Pot­ter, who cost Posh noth­ing. Posh will also ben­e­fit by 25 per cent of any trans­fer deal should Pot­ter, Batt or Coutts be sold on in the fu­ture.

Not­ting­ham For­est also paid £350,000 just to take winger Ge­orge Boyd on loan for three months last sea­son, while Nor­wich City and Bournemouth paid Posh £50,000 and £25,000 re­spec­tively as part of the trans­fer deals for Rus­sell Martin and Sh­wan Jalal.

Fry said: “It’s been a very suc­cess­ful pe­riod. There is no doubt that the club’s pol­icy, set up by chair­man Dar­ragh MacAn­thony, of in­vest­ing in non-league play­ers who are young and hun­gry, has paid off hand­somely.

“Over the last three years the chair­man has also turned down of­fers of over £6 mil­lion for Ge­orge Boyd, Craig Mack­ail-Smith and Aaron Mclean which shows his de­sire not to sell our best play­ers.”

Posh have paid no trans­fer fees for their four new sum­mer sign­ings Grant McCann, James Wesolowski, Mark Lit­tle and Dave Hib­bert.

Since Jan­uary, Posh did com­plete the sign­ings of de­fend­ers Ryan Ben­nett and Scott Grif­fiths for a com­bined fee of £700,000.

POSH will host League Two side Rother­ham in the first round of the Car­ling Cup in the week be­gin­ning Mon­day, Au­gust 9.

DON’T for­get the League One fix­tures for the 2009-10 cam­paign are avail­able on www. pe­ter­bor­oughto­day. co.uk from 9am to­day.

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