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Club Statement on Saint JayRod

Club Statement on Saint JayRod

Jay Rodriguez is now a Saint after making a record-breaking move from Burnley to Southampton on Sunday. Southampton have therefore beaten off some late attempts by Everton, Aston Villa and Sunderland to steal him from under their noses.

The 22-year-old has secured a four-year contract at the newly promoted Premier League club. Media reports on the transfer fee vary but it is record for both clubs and is thought to be in the region of £7 million.

Speaking about the move Rodriguez said:

'I'm really relieved that we've got it sorted now and it's done. I really can't wait for the start of the season, and the start of pre-season.

"This is a great club, a massive club and they're where they belong. It's a squad I want to be a part of and it's really exciting.'

Rodriguez now joins his former teammates at St Marys with both Jack Cork and Danny Fox at the club.

Saints gaffer, Nigel Adkins has made Jay Rod his first summer sigtning and he said after completing the deal:

'Jay is an exciting young English prospect, so I am really happy he is our first signing of the summer.

"He is an excellent forward thinking player who has already scored a lot of goals at a young age over the past couple of years.

"His characteristics are what we have been looking for.'

Meanwhile Burnley have made a club statement:

'Burnley Football Club has a renowned tradition of producing talented young players, who have come through our youth system over many years.

"Jay Rodriguez started his career with Burnley at a very young age and, throughout his time here, he has been a great player and excellent ambassador for the football club.

"However, ambitious and talented young footballers want to play in the Premier League and we wish Jay every success in his career."

So the long saga comes to an end, leaving Burnley £7 million better off with plenty of time to rebuild the squad with that money in the summer days remaining.

Burnley fans have long been resigned to losing our locally born talent but it still seems to leave a sad,bitter taste in the mouth. Oh well onwards and upwards!

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Date:Monday June 11 2012
Time: 9:10AM


The club better use that money to build a competitive squad. Dont want to hear anymore of that pleading poverty bollox
11/06/2012 09:16:00
We all knew he was going so no real surprise, having said that I must echo Tmp view that EH needs the money to build his squad if we believe the Board that they want to get back to the Prem. Hope we don’t get the bull**** that the money needs to go to running the Club, after all its down to bad decisions at board level we are in this position.
11/06/2012 09:47:00
This in LT today: 'The Burnley boss is set to receive a percentage of the club record sale to replenish his squad for next season' Percentage,percentage? FFS give all of it to him!!
11/06/2012 11:24:00
More utter nonsense-A £4m shortfall in the last financial year means Howe is unlikely to benefit from the majority of the Rodriguez cash. However, a portion will be reinvested to help the Burnley boss build for next year. “It won’t be millions and millions, but it will be a percentage and we will have to spend it wisely,” said Howe. “Some will have to go back into the accounts to make sure the club is strong for years to come.” I know lets prepare for sticking plaster and a midtable ambition again!
11/06/2012 11:42:00
Best of luck Jay.
11/06/2012 12:09:00
Why am I not surprised to the news EH is going to get a % of the sale of Jrod, so beside the 7m for Jay, 8m Prem payment, ST sales and every other monies coming into the Club we can only give Eddie a %. Dearie me and the Board cannot understand why ST sales are down.
11/06/2012 13:04:00
The other way to look at it is, if EH and the Board were shouting 'loadsamoney', then other clubs and our transfer targets' agents would be rubbing their hands together.
Couch Potato
11/06/2012 13:42:00
Thinking further, I would say that all we can conclude thus far is that the New Two Co-Cs are playing the same game of transfer poker as the Old One.
Couch Potato
11/06/2012 14:07:00
That may well be CP but come the end of the transfer window it will come as a great surprise to me if they have spent £7 million or more! FedUp has it about right IMHO
11/06/2012 15:57:00
What I am not clear about is whether JayRod is funding the total squad rebuilding this summer or whether they have earmaked some additional money plus a proportion of the JayRod. The former would be a disaster the latter might be OK depending on what sort of money we are talking about
11/06/2012 16:08:00
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