Please note an earlier version of this blog has been edited due to corrected information
So-called ‘transfer news’ Twitter feeds have been reporting renewed Norwich interest in Sean Raggett, but don’t be fooled into thinking they’re the only team after him. As we move into August, the transfer silly-season will start and unfortunately it looks more likely with each passing day that our crown jewel will move one.
Contrary to social media chatter, Sean Raggett has not signed a new deal with Lincoln City, and although there is one on the table it is my understanding we are not expecting him to sign it any time soon. The boy is ambitious, really ambitious, and he knows he is a bloody good player. His agent knows it too, which is probably the source of the latest rumours. I would imagine he’ll be looking to drum up a bit of interest for his player, hoping to secure a deal before the window closes.
A straight out transfer deal for Sean Raggett would probably net the club a maximum of £350,000. That is his rumoured release clause, and again contrary to popular chatter nobody has met that valuation yet. There were strong rumours he had spoken to Norwich, but I’m told that didn’t happen. As yet that valuation hasn’t been met and he hasn’t met with any clubs. Remember, that fee will be divided up and shared with Dover, and they’re expected to get around 30% of anything we earn.
Before anyone starts crying ‘bad business’, we’ve been over it before. The release clause would have been specified by the player or agent, if we didn’t include one we would not have signed him. The sell-on clause was placed there by the tribunal, it was not the clubs’ doing either.
I am told that if we are to sell Sean Raggett on we ARE able to ensure a percentage of any future transfer fee. It is thought to be around 25% of anything he makes moving onwards again. This proves Danny Cowley and Lincoln City want to maximise the benefits from any deal, but it rest assured it wasn’t easy to get a player of his calibre here in the first place.
There are two scenarios that may see Sean play out some of the season at Sincil Bank. The first would be if a club didn’t make a move for him. He would remain an Imp until January, or maybe even until next May when he could walk away free. An agent may be thinking that would be the best way to maximise his own profit is to negotiate a chunky signing on fee instead. If we lost Sean for nothing, but got a season of football out of him, would that be such a bad thing? I suppose that depends on where we finish in the league, but I know we’re more likely to challenge at the top end of the table with him playing.
The ideal scenario sees a club buy Sean and immediately loan him back to us for a season. Norwich have form here, they bought Tristan Abrahams from Leyton Orient today and immediately loaned him back to the O’s, although he is also eligible to play for Norwich under 23s. In an ideal world a club would pass us the fee and then let us have him play for a year for us. If we were being really sneaky would we accept half the fee, thus slashing Dover’s cut, in exchange for a year-long loan? I’m sure we wouldn’t want to do that though, not after the good relationship we forged with the ‘orrible rabble from Crabble.
Whatever happens Sean Raggett is a special footballer who we should bear no malice towards. He has fought valiantly for Lincoln City, and when I see him I think of the likes of Trevor Peake, Gary Strodder and Gareth McAuley that plied their trade with us for a short while before achieving greater things. We do cultivate good centre halves and to have Sean pass through Lincoln City has been an honour. I hope we get to see him another 50-odd times in an Imps shirt before he moves on to fulfil his massive potential.