Matt Hull Vital’s Site Editor Shares his views on the Duffy Transfer Saga.
Darryl Duffy is a Swansea city player but the transfer saga surrounding his capture has rolled on and on since the last game of the season vs Blackpool.
Firstly the Hull board under Adam Pearson slapped a £500,000 tag on the Scottish Striker. Hartlepool then tabled a bid of £150,000 for the striker and many sites put pools odds on favourites to sign him.
Then a change of Board under Paul Duffen seemed to be more easy to negotiate with.
Then Duffy boarded a plane to Italy with Hull City for The Tigers pre season training camp. Only then to fly back to the UK to Swansea to sign his deal.
To say it has been a laborious task to secure Duffy’s services would be a huge understatement.
I asked Matt Hull City Vital’s editor for his views on the Duffy transfer Saga.
1.What Is your name ?
2.How Long have you supported Hull City?
‘I`ve supported them all my life. I am a season ticket holder and a regular attendee of away fixtures.
3Do you feel the Previous Board under Adam Pearson mishandled the Transfer of Duffy? as the £500,000 fee quoted to buy Duffy was severely criticized.>
‘The move was criticized but I feel Adam Pearson was just trying to get the best deal for the player. With four or five clubs actively chasing the player, I feel asking for an over the top amount wasn`t necessarily a bad thing. He had to try and maximize any profit and in the end, with the add-on, we have sold him for what we paid when he signed from Falkirk. We tried for the best deal and that`s what we got, although it would have been better had another team shown as much interest as Swansea did.
4.How did the change of Chairman in your opinion change the direction of the club in Hull City’s transfer dealings over Duffy? ?
‘I don`t think it made any difference as the player was always going to leave. When Duffen took over from Pearson, it was revealed he had been involved with the club since the turn of the year. That means he would have already had been involved with Duffy`s transfer. Although Pearson is no longer the chairman, he is still a part of the club in an advisory role to Duffen meaning that he more than likely had some input into the transfer deal, especially as Martinez must have contacted and dealt with him before Duffen took over the club.’
5.Do you think Duffy will do well with Swansea?
‘Definitely. Daryl Duffy showed in a brief spell what he could do, both with you and at Hartlepool. Swansea have the midfield to provide their strikers with the service they need to score goals and Duffy will thrive in that atmosphere. I believe the striker will be the twenty goal a season striker that Swansea need to win promotion from League 1.
6.How do you think Swansea will do this season?
‘Judging by your signings so far and the players you have been linked with. You must be a leading contender for promotion from League 1 next season. With a few ex-Tigers in your ranks, I shall follow Swansea`s progress with interest next season.’
Thank you Matt for sharing your views.