Norwich City pay out �683,200 in fees to players’ agents

Norwich City were among the Football League’s biggest spenders on agents’ fees last season.

The Canaries paid a total of �683,200 to agents in 2010-11, the seventh highest total in the League.

City completed 44 transactions in the period from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011, listed as 22 new registrations or transfers, 12 updated contracts, five cancelled contracts and five loans.

Six Championship clubs spent more on agents’ fees. Champions Queens Park Rangers spent the most at �1,770,282, while Middlesbrough paid out nearly �1.6m and Leicester nearly �1.3m. In total, Football League clubs paid agents �16.7m last season, an increase of �4m on the previous campaign. Championship clubs made up �14.1m of the total. The �16.7m figure for 2010-11 is up from the �12.7m spent during the 2009-10 season, while the number of transactions rose by more than 500 to 2,910. Of those deals, fees were paid to agents in 570.

Football League chairman Greg Clarke said: “These figures show that a considerable amount of money continues to leave the game through payments to agents.

“This highlights the importance of the work Football League clubs are doing to establish a ‘break even’ business model across all three divisions.”