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Down to the wire

Date online: 02 September 2014

ATHLETIC swapped strikers on a dramatic final day of transfer market activity yesterday, with Dominic Poleon drafted in as Jonson Clarke-Harris departed in the final hour before the 11pm transfer deadline.

There was also a swoop for Rotherham midfield man Michael Tidser, who arrived at SportsDirect.com Park on a six-month loan deal.

Clarke-Harris (20) has left Athletic to join long-time suitors Rotherham United in the Championship on a three-year deal, with a fee above their club record £250,000 - though Peterborough has a “hefty” sell-on clause built into the deal that took the player to Athletic last summer.

But even after Peterborough’s cut, the balance of the two moves — Leeds is believed to be getting £50,000 for Poleon - represents good business by Athletic.

Johnson said: “It’s disappointing to lose Jonno, of course. But the deal was a good one and he’s got his move to the Championship. Hopefully he’ll be successful at Rotherham.

Clarke-Harris tweeted: “I would like to thank everyone at Oldham for the hard work they have put in with me over the last year. I’ve enjoyed my time there and met some great people at the club. But it’s time to move on.”

Poleon (20) arrives on a two-year deal as a man with a reputation for raw speed. The former Chelsea youth player has had spells on loan at Bury and Sheffield United, and can play in a central role up front or on the wing.

Johnson added: “We’re delighted to get Dominic. He’s an exciting young player and he can be a similar project for us to Jonno.”

Loan signing Tidser adds to Johnson’s midfield options until January. The 24-year-old Glaswegian started out at Celtic but made his name at Greenock Morton after a spell in Sweden.

Poleon isn’t available for tonight’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie against Bradford, but Tidser can take part.

FORMER Athletic favourite Matt Smith joined Fulham from Leeds United last night for a fee reported to be £500,000. The 25 year old penned a three-year deal at Craven Cottage despite only recently agreeing a similar contract extension at Elland Road.


i trust lees judgment on players however when is mr corney going to trust the fans ,and disclose a fee recieved for a player,or is it another give away

good buisness all round it sounds as if CH wanted to go anyway ,pity about richards not going for a fee but thats just our luck , great win sat looks like we must have passed it forward for a change lets hope it sticks

A feeling of 'deja vu' is in the air. In the past few seasons the club have 'sold' or released out of contract strikers who have all gone on to make their mark in higher divisions. Craig Davies, O'Grady, Matt Smith and now Clarke-Harris to Rotherham. Leeds have just sold Smith to Fulham for £500,000, Davies has cost Bolton £400,000 and O'Grady(who was never given a chance at B.P.)has racked up transfer fees of nearly £800,000 with moves to other clubs. By the way, Poleon is not a target man!!

sad to see JCH going hope it doesn't not haunt us. I hope the money we got for him will be spend in next window on a goal scorer its MUST and that what the manager was saying for months.

Another superb deal for the club ?, other clubs get 2 or 3 times we get for decent to good players!, do not know about renaming BP, Sportsdirect stadium!, but I think Poundland would be more apt!.

If we'd have contracted Smith properly we could have had a 'hefty' sell on clause in his £500k move to Fulham. Amateurs.

Clarke-Harris thanking folk for the 'Hard Work' they put in on him.
Ironic some might say...

Forte up front Poleon on the wing


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