Phil LUFC wrote:Only thing I can't understand.... Warnock has promised he can go next summer if we don't go up, why isn't it written into the contract offer? £5m non-promotion release clause.
well, this is partly zero sum from the club and snodgrass' point of view.
RS will be a free agent in summer 2013.
let's say that, oh, Everton will be willing to give him [to use a round number, possibly a bit on the high side] £10m then to persuade him to join them, because they reckon that, over the length of his contract, they'll get £10m worth of benefits out of him.
a £5m release clause would make those £10m worth of benefits start to look a lot less attractive. it'd only be possible for Everton to justify offering snodgrass himself £5m really. so for snodgrass to agree to the clause he'd basically have to be quite risk averse, quite worried about picking up an injury between now and the summer. which i suppose he may be.
but for us to persuade him to sign up i reckon we'd need to promise to let him go for a really quite low fee [e.g. a million or two at most] in the summer when we stayed down, maybe even promise to let him go for something similar in january if we're not top six. and offer big bucks, obviously.
as gaz said, he has a strong hand, being a good player with a short contract.