Imps declared agent-free

Last updated : 18 January 2007 By Richard Brown

Despite a whopping £6.2m being committed to agents across the 92 Football League clubs, Imps fans can rest assured that their club have not lined the pockets of a single agent during the second-half of last year.

The Imps were one of fifteen League Two clubs to boast such a statistic, with the other nine clubs failing to evade payments to player's agents.

Schofield: Smooth, agent-free operator
Across the leagues, however, the story was a generally mixed one.

In total, 24 per cent (497) of the 2,034 player transfers between July and December '06 involved payments to an agent, which still – for many fans' liking – represents too high a proportion.

Speaking following the report's release, the League chairman Lord Mawhinney said: “The League's new agents' regulations, introduced this summer, have helped bring greater levels of transparency and integrity to the transfer system.

"In making these changes, we fully understood that the culture of paying agents was deeply embedded and would take time to reverse.

"However, change is in the air and the FA's new regulations on agents will also help to reinforce The Football League's message to its clubs."

Understandably, the chief offenders of the report were the league's Championship sides who forked-out £3.74m in agent fees.

This compares to the trivial fees paid by League One (£505,000) and Two clubs (£220,000) who proved far more shrewd, contributing just twelve per cent to the overall figures.