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Tudgay Finally Off the Burnley Radar

Sheffield Wednesday stiker, Marcus Tudgay has ended all speculation about his future and signed a new four-year contract at Hillsborough this morning.

The club turned down both a verbal and formal offer from Burnley totalling it is understood about 2 million. It was also a fairly acrimonius affair mainly between Tudgay's agent, Darry Powell and the Wednesday board with words banded about such as 'derisory' and 'unsettling to the player'

Nevertheless the player was keen to speak to Burnley FC about a possible move but it looks like Owen Coyle was not prepared to increase his offer, thus forcing the player to sign a new contract with Wednesday.

Tudgay speaking about the new contract said:

'My game has really developed in my time at Sheffield Wednesday and I am extremely pleased to sign my new contract.Following extensive talks with the manager and the chairman, I am convinced that this club has the capability to reach the Premier League within the next few years.'

Next few years? Tudgay is now 26 so he has not got that much time to make an impression in the top flight.

It looks like the plaudits have to go once more though to Owen Coyle who has again shown he is not prepared to pay over the odds for players.

Thankfully however this long drawn out saga has finally come to an end despite recent local rumours that an improved bid would be forthcoming following Owen Coyle's return from the US.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 30 2009

Time: 12:16PM

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Hoorah, time to move on!
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30/07/2009 12:19:00

Am not upset with this at all - Not sure he has what is needed for the step up.
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30/07/2009 12:48:00

the player never said he was keen to speak to you lot, his agent did and his agent is a tw4t. oh well unlucky boys shows your not as big as you think you are, stick to buying 3rd rate players from scotland and youll be back down here next year
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30/07/2009 12:51:00

I think you will find Tudgay had no option after Coyle refused to up his offer and pay more for a player that he clearly didn't think was worth it! Looks like Sheffield Wednesday aint that ambitious either if Tudgay thinks they wont go up for a few years yet
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30/07/2009 13:19:00

Thats quite comical smiggy. The amount of Wednesday fans who think they are bigger than they are us unreal. Big support, Big ground etc - does not equal a good team!
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30/07/2009 13:23:00

why on gods green earth would he want to join you inbred lot. iv had misfortune of going to burnley a few times and you lot dont have a set of teeth to share between you. How the hell did you lot manage to go up, the mighty owls slaughtered you twice last season, still, better than the dirty piggy bar stewards going up. on a final note, stop sleeping with your relatives you dirty inbred swines.
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30/07/2009 13:26:00

Jealous DEZZYP? And we managed to go up by playing football and winning games - Its a relatively simple concept! :-) Interesting comments about Burnley - very well thought out!
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30/07/2009 13:28:00

Claretdale its amusing when you said "The amount of Wednesday fans who think they are bigger than they are us unreal" as then you said we have "Big support, Big ground etc." Therefore you have agreed that Wednesday is the bigger club. Notice i am not saying that we have the better team because if we did then we would be in the premiership instead of you. You had a fantastic season last year, however that doesnt mean a great deal for this year. You still need to improve the team a great deal to challenge for survival next year. Good luck as you will need it.
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30/07/2009 14:13:00

He would of been a bench warmer.
Grimsby Claret
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30/07/2009 14:59:00

Good to see the quality comments from DEZZYP. They have really pushed the debate into some interesting areas. Wonder if he has all his own teeth ?
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30/07/2009 17:28:00

tomawest - You do have a bigger support and bigger ground - thats obvious! I never said anywhere in my post that Burnley is a bigger club than Wednesday. All I am saying is that Wednesday fans ( not all) think they are bigger club than they are!
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30/07/2009 18:20:00

How in the article can it say he was forced to sign a contract with us, what a load of crap. Tudgay could have pushed the issue or as suggested by the media handed in a transfer request if he really wanted to go. The fact is he sat back and thought about his future, he never said he wanted to go to you that was all his agent, he thought a year struggling in the premiership with a team coyle has put together which seems very weak some say he is buying for the season after back in the championship, or sign a new contract with us and built on last season with a strenthened squad and help wednesday go forward. The fact he paid 3million for Fletcher says it all really......coyle wanted Tudgay and i think would have offered more, i guess we will never know....btw thanks for keeping the piggys down and good luck for the season.
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30/07/2009 18:55:00

We have to give credit to Coyle for appearing to not want to waste our limited coffers on a player he clearly thought was not worth more than the original offer. I think realistically any player at the age of 26 given the choice would rather play in the top flight now rather than risk waiting with no guarantee of promotion. Basically I think this is the scenario that led to him signing a new contract with Owls: 1.Agent and player wanted Burnley to increase offer. Owls would not let player have talks with BFC until they did. 2. He would have to put in a transfer request to get talks with no guarantee a deal could be done with BFC and if he did that he would alientate the Owls board&fans leaving him in limbo if Burnley talks failed. 3.Coyle would have none of it, despite local media reports to the contrary and refused to put in an improved offer (although we might know more eventually as to whether he did or not) 4.With no further movement, Tudgay had no option but to sign the new contract and make some weasel statements about how good Sheffield Wednesday have been and how he sees them in the top flight! Anyway thank god,it's all over and we can both move on
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30/07/2009 18:56:00

Another option of course is that Coyle could simply have turned round and said 'no further interest' and who can blame him after the toys that the Owls chucked out their prams over this whole sordid episode. We might never know but I genuinely hope the Owls do get promoted if only for Tudgay's sake,.
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30/07/2009 19:04:00

lol youre all so bitter its class
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30/07/2009 20:13:00

Why would we be bitter? We have not spent more than we thought a player was worth and can now put that money towards our other targets instead? We are looking forward to our first year in the top flight for 33 years and playing four of the top 5 clubs in England in the first month of season 2009/10. Beats playing Peterborough, Doncaster and Barnsley any day. There is only one loser in all this and that is Marcus Tudgay and I suspect he knows it
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30/07/2009 20:25:00

How on god's green earth is Marcus Tudgay a loser?! There's absolutely nothing wrong with a player committing his future to his current employer. Infact, its quite refreshing to see. If anyone is a loser here its your football club, you are the guys who have missed out on a player you wanted, we didnt back down and your crying like girls about it. Enjoy the Premiership while it lasts cos your coming straight back down. Clowns.
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30/07/2009 21:05:00

''the player was keen to sign for burnley..but was forced to sign a new contract''? whats that even mean and the pop at Tudgay ''hes 26 now so he hasnt got much time to make an impression in top flight'' that sure does taste bitter to me
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30/07/2009 21:05:00

You may be right Danigol - We may come back down - but at least we have earned the right to give it a shot - and done it by playing some of the best football seen in the championship. Good Luck to Tudgay, he was superb against us last season and caused us as many problems as any other player - I just wonder why it took him so long to sign this contract - I thought it was all but done and dusted before we showed an interest?????
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30/07/2009 21:10:00

probably waiting for a bigger club to come in for him
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30/07/2009 21:14:00

Well thats cos Tudders is a top player, especially at Championship level. It probably took him a bit longer than expected to sign it cos a Premiership club took an interest, there's nothing wrong with that, he obviously wanted a bit of time to think about his future and he decided to stay with us, and for that the boy is now a legend in my eyes! Im glad its all done with, hopefully Coyle wont do anymore interviews now cos I cant stand the way the guy talks through his nose haha. Bye ladies.
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30/07/2009 21:15:00

We missed out on the player we wanted AT THE PRICE WE WERE PREPARED TO PAY thats all!! You might think Tudgay is worth far more than 2 million, Owen Coyle clearly did not so we didn't show any further interest. Thinking things over? Hell he's had since the end of May to do that,when he first said he was going to sign a new contract. You will be telling me next he was never, ever interested in a move to Burnley. I suspect he would be having talks with us now had we come in with an overinflated, ridiculous offer of 3-4 million. Well done Owen for sticking to your guns, now we can move on and use that money towards somebody else. Good luck to Tudgay, he clearly had no option in the end but to sign up to yet another season at least in the Championship. He must have been really miffed when no further offers came in. As for probably waiting for a bigger club to come in for him, clearly nobody did because they were not going to up the ante for a player that they too thought was only worth 1-2 million. When Burnley play their first home game against Manchester United in August, Owen Coyle can breathe through whatever oriifice he likes as far as I am concerned. He has done the business for the club and it remains to be seen if Brian Laws can achieve the same thing for Wednesday. I doubt he will be able to do it playing 61 games in a season using just 23 players .
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30/07/2009 21:54:00

probably not our injury list is usually about 23 players after 6 games
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30/07/2009 22:13:00

It does not bother me one bit this! we have ppl who can play in the striking role, we have ppl who can play on the the right! i am interested to see if we can bring some one in to play on the left wing? we need a bit of balance! time to move on guys! good luck in your campaign Sheff Weds fans! just a shame that some could not be so gracious.
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30/07/2009 23:47:00


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