Newcastle yesterday were ordered by FIFA to pay compensation to an Irish junior club for one of their players, who is currently part of Newcastle’s Youth Academy.
Jamie Smith – 18 year-old Newcastle center-back
Jamie Smith is 18 and a cetner-back and has captained Ireland at the U15, U16 and U17 level, and could well be a top player in the making, and he joined the Newcastle Academy in February two years ago, and played for the Newcastle Reserve side last season.
Newcastle paid a fee to Dublin club Cherry Orchard for the player over two years ago, but his former club Newbridge Town have legally taken action to gain compensation through FIFA’s Player status committee, which is responsible for the following:
- Monitor compliance with the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players and determine the status of Players for various FIFA competitions. Its powers of jurisdiction are governed by the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players.
- Also responsible for the work of the Dispute Resolution Chamber in accordance with the Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players and the Rules Governing the Procedures of the Players’ Status Committee and the Dispute Resolution Chamber.
Smith joined Kildare-based Newbridge when he was just 12 years old and spent a couple of seasons there, and in their legal action Newbridge claimed £80K but the committee awarded them only £15K
Smith was born in Merseyside, and Jamie Carragher is his idol, and on the Newcastle web-site, it states that his favorite Newcastle players is (was) Joey Barton.
It’s only fair to the smaller clubs in football that money is paid out to them, and of course last year Newcastle had to pay out £75K to Mervue United and Salthill Devon for Stephen Folan, who was released by the club last weekend.
Stephen was one of about eight Development players who were released by Newcastle this summer, and didn’t make the grade, at least not at Newcastle.
And with Newcastle having a little bit of bother bringing in some of their top targets this summer, the club must keep improving and investing in the Youth Academy.
And hopefully by doing that Newcastle can keep a supply of top youngsters coming through the club, and into the first team, in the years ahead.
That’s the goal in any case.