Date:Thursday July 30 2009
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.
Date:Thursday July 30 2009
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