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New Deals For Wingers But Not Benni?

New Deals For Wingers But Not Benni?

There is news emanating from Blackburn Rovers FC that the club is to offer new contracts to Morton Gamst Pedersen and David Bentley whilst an interesting snippet of information has eeked out regarding Benni McCarthy's current contract.

The Daily Mail Online has reported that the club are to offer new, improved contracts to the clubs outstanding performers over the last 2 seasons in an effort to keep them at Rovers for the foreseeable future.

The concerning point raised by the article comes with regard to McCarthy and his 'reluctance' to sign a new contract as he still hopes, apparently, to join a Champions League team, whether it be this season or next.

The worrying aspect reported about his contract is, if it indeed accurate, that if a new deal is not brokered and agreed before the end of the season, McCarthy can leave for an agreed fee of £5 million.

Whilst the club and most Rovers fans, even in their wildest dreams, could not have imagined the scale of the impact that Benni would have had on the Premiership last season, it seems that if this is true, we are, once again, set to lose our most potent attacking threat and more frustratingly, for what seems, in retrospect, a bargain fee.

To put it into perspective, Marlon Harewood, with all his European and International experience and lethal scoring boots (/sarcasm) left West Ham for pastures new in the Midlands for the same princely sum that McCarthy could hypothetically leave for next season.

All in all, we need Benni to sign a new contract, even if it stretches the wage budget a little if for no other reason than Rovers are allowed to remove this ridiculous clause and receive a fair market value for his, should he indeed decide to relocate next summer, although signing a new contract AND actually honouring it would be even better

Rovers helped Benni out with his 'dream move' it seems only fair that he reciprocates.


Date:Wednesday August 1 2007
Time: 11:52PM


DAMN you BomBom, I had JUST written something on this very subject, but you pipped me to it LOL!!!
Hughes Da Man
01/08/2007 23:58:00
I can understand that, at the negotiating stage that there are compromises to be made with big name targets as we are not the most fashionable club but seriously?? again?? I really hoped that Rovers had learned their lesson with Bellamy but it seems that the only way we get these star players is to allow these types of clauses to be placed into their contracts. It makes me wonder what Roque Santa Cruz has in his?????
01/08/2007 23:58:00
If Bents and MGP can be offered further improved contracts, so long as NO clauses are included Rovers HAVE to go for it, if for nothing else but to strengthen the clubs positions regarding where they stand if/when others come in for them in the future. Providing no clause is in place Rovers WILL be the dominant force, and THEY will dictate who goes and for how much.
I'm still not that sure about ANY clauses in Benni's contract, the club KEEP saying there aren't any, so you have to believe them don't you. However, a contract that kicks in when his final year approaches seems a little more realistic?!!? If true, then you are right dude SOMETHING has to be done to get around this.
GREAT article by the way dude :)
Hughes Da Man
01/08/2007 23:59:00
It is almost defeat the object isn't it by putting these clauses in place, they NEVER benefit the team putting them in place do they, and in order to avoid them kicking in something really great has to be achieved by the club doesn't it!!! I'm not saying this isn't possible, but this will NEVER help Rovers in the long run if it keeps happening will it?!?!
Hughes Da Man
02/08/2007 00:05:00
In all honesty mate, if I was sparky and i knew we had a shot at Cruz plus we got offered a decent price for mccarthy (10 mill plus) then i think i may have pulled the trigger on it. We couldve bought Nugent and had change or im sure that Sparky has his eyes on numerous targets around the globe, most recently linked was Eddie Johnson for example. The only positive to come out of this, if indeed it is true is that Benni knows he has to have a decent season at least. With regard to your opinion that you are surprised that this may be true, didnt the club and Bellamy deny the existance of a clause in his contract??? The Defence rests, m'lord
02/08/2007 00:31:00
and you would of thought we would of learnt our lesson with bellers
02/08/2007 00:52:00
Lads... it's not all about Rovers going the distance... offering more money etc. Players like Benni know that they are at an unfashionable club albeit one with history. The right deal as to be negotiated - Sparky knows this and he as already said that he prefers the lack of this type of clause in a contract. but like Judas Neill showed it doesn;t matter, if they want to move on they will do... he's what I hope happens... Chico comes in and takes the Prem by storm and replaces Benni as Top Dog.... Benni gets his "dream" move to Chelski for 5 mill and then struggles to get in the first team and fades into the distance. I no longer have any sentiment on this matter and that's why players like Matty Derbyshire will always be more of a favourite to fans... Having said that let's see how Benni performs this season.
Ex Ewood Resident
02/08/2007 08:33:00
Bom Bom - Nugent is a nobody - not tried in the Prem, got a lucky goal for England... that's why none of the top sides wanted him and he had to go to Redknapp's Pompey.
Ex Ewood Resident
02/08/2007 08:46:00
Great news on Bents and MGP but Benni wont tie himself down to Rovers as as ExER says, he wants his move to Chelsea and if he doesn't get it, then he will look for a move to a Champs League Club. Its a shame but players do have ambition, but the grass isn't always greener on the other side!
02/08/2007 09:15:00
Benni, i really hope this isn't true all been looking forward to the season but again could lose our best striker!!! I don't know if this is true and why would Blackburn release this information only Benni would mention it. Really hope he doesn't leave. Come on Benni stay!!! Well done to Bentley and Gamst but they do seem to be signing new contracts every year, so maybe they are demanding more money.
02/08/2007 09:39:00
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