Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins now says he is confident that Neil Taylor’s strange contract situation can be resolved, and that’s without having to go to a Barclays Premier League arbitration panel.
Neil Taylor – Newcastle player next week?
The news yesterday was that Neil himself had asked for some guidance from the Premier League, and it was reported that an arbitration panel could start looking at the case within a couple of weeks.
If that happens, it’s really hard to think there would be any other outcome than coming out in Newcastle’s favor, and we think Jerkins knows that.
The 22-year-old full-back’s contract has a £1M release clause in it, but it seems that Swansea are unwilling to honor it, and they say it only allows other clubs to talk to the player – which quite simply is a strange and unsustainable position to take.
Jenkins has said he is hopeful of resolving the situation by early next week, without having to go through a hearing, but that will mean Taylor will miss Newcastle’s American tour, which will be unfortunate.
It would have been a great time for him to get to know his new Newcastle team mates.
Jenkins was asked if the Neil Taylor case will go to an arbitration board, and the Chairman told Sky Sports News today:
“I don’t see that happening. I think either way, things will be concluded between us and Neil and we will deal with it and move forward.”
“The main thing is we are hoping to get everything resolved if not by this week, early next week, and we will conclude things to our satisfaction then.”
“I am always confident that we can get out of the situations that we want, and we will make sure we do that for the best interests of our club.”
“Neil is fine. He is a young lad and perhaps all this has been blown out of proportion. We have got to make sure we protect him and he is looked after and he settles down and looks forward to the new season.”
“With us gaining promotion and being involved now in the Premier League with all the new media attention that we are now going to have, things like this are bound to happen and we have got to deal with it in the right way as a football club.”
Newcastle will not enter into any bidding war for the player, and Swansea have dragged their feet on this for far too long, but it could be that the move to go to an arbitration board will force Jenkin’s hand.
We hope so.