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Do Rugby Clubs pay transfer fees?

  • 21-05-2018 3:27pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 8,811 ✭✭✭ dulpit


    Hey all,

    I'm just wondering, was reading about various player transfers that are coming up this off-season and it got me thinking - do rugby players ever transfer for a fee? You never hear anything about a transfer fee, it usually happens that players transfer at end of their contracts - but can anyone enlighten me on more than this?


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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 49,355 CMod ✭✭✭✭ awec


    Very, very rarely.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,308 ✭✭✭✭ prawnsambo


    No they don't. Usually they transfer out of contract, but occasionally their contract is bought out.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,705 ✭✭✭✭ Interested Observer


    It has happened but it's rare. It's only an issue when a player moves while under contract. Which doesn't happen much.


  • Registered Users Posts: 37,978 irishbucsfan


    Rugby clubs do pay fees. However generally they are very small compared to the astronomical amounts in soccer. The vast majority of transfers involve no fee at all.

    One of the reasons is that generally rugby contracts are very short. Even 3 year deals are rare. So there's no point paying a fee to sign a player when there are normally a lot available for free. The contracts are short due to the nature of the sport itself, a lot of injury risk involved.

    Isa Nacewa is one of the best signings in Irish history, and Leinster reportedly paid a fee for him to be released from his Super Rugby contract early. But it's nothing like the soccer fees you hear about.


  • Moderators, Sports Moderators, Regional West Moderators Posts: 6,715 Mod ✭✭✭✭ connemara man


    dulpit wrote: »
    Hey all,

    I'm just wondering, was reading about various player transfers that are coming up this off-season and it got me thinking - do rugby players ever transfer for a fee? You never hear anything about a transfer fee, it usually happens that players transfer at end of their contracts - but can anyone enlighten me on more than this?

    There isn't a transfer fee when a player moves from club to club as they are usually done when they are out of contract. Ie free agents effectively

    The only way there would be a "transfer fee" is if a team wanted a player so badly they were willing buy him out of his contract. And pay the club compensation ( it tends to be the wages for the time they won't be at the club they are leaving) but this is very much not the norm


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 398 ✭✭ Herpes Free Since03


    It's normally a contract being bought out...it has happened that a player has decided to leave a club, signed for a new club...but then changed his mind and his existing club bought out the contract he had signed with the club he intended leaving for.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,283 ✭✭✭ coco0981


    Think it was reported that Leicester paid half a million transfer fee to sign George Ford


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,308 ✭✭✭✭ prawnsambo


    coco0981 wrote: »
    Think it was reported that Leicester paid half a million transfer fee to sign George Ford
    Was he still under contract at Bath? Seem to think he might have been.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,143 ✭✭✭ locum-motion


    But what is a transfer fee (in soccer terms) if not "buying out the contract"? Surely it's just another word for the same thing, isn't it?


  • Registered Users Posts: 21,026 ✭✭✭✭ Squidgy Black


    But what is a transfer fee (in soccer terms) if not "buying out the contract"? Surely it's just another word for the same thing, isn't it?

    Not really, buying out the contract involves paying for the remainder of the value of the contract, so generally the players wages for the remainder of the contract.

    With soccer teams it's a little bit different as it's seen that you're buying the player and not his contract. Hence the valuations of several millions etc.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 45,433 ✭✭✭✭ thomond2006


    The biggest 'fee' to date must be for Johan Goosen by Montpellier after all the 'retirement' codology. I believe it was EUR 1.5M.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,308 ✭✭✭✭ prawnsambo


    But what is a transfer fee (in soccer terms) if not "buying out the contract"? Surely it's just another word for the same thing, isn't it?
    Soccer clubs routinely make profits on players. That wouldn't be the case if it was just their contracts being bought out.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,841 Squatter


    How much did the IRFU pay the Dragons to buy out Kidney's contract so he could coach Leinster?

    Bonus question: how much did Munster then have to pay Leinster when they 'poached' him back to the badlands?


  • Moderators, Education Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 8,321 Mod ✭✭✭✭ artanevilla


    Football clubs buy the players registration, not their contract.

    The contract is between player and club. A club wanting to buy a player is in essence buying their registration, not their contract, how much that is worth is negotiated between the selling and buying club.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,143 ✭✭✭ locum-motion


    But what is a transfer fee (in soccer terms) if not "buying out the contract"? Surely it's just another word for the same thing, isn't it?
    Not really, buying out the contract involves paying for the remainder of the value of the contract, so generally the players wages for the remainder of the contract.

    With soccer teams it's a little bit different as it's seen that you're buying the player and not his contract. Hence the valuations of several millions etc.
    prawnsambo wrote: »
    Soccer clubs routinely make profits on players. That wouldn't be the case if it was just their contracts being bought out.
    Football clubs buy the players registration, not their contract.

    The contract is between player and club. A club wanting to buy a player is in essence buying their registration, not their contract, how much that is worth is negotiated between the selling and buying club.

    The "contract", the "registration", whatever...

    Either way, it is an "asset" that the selling club holds, and the buying club wishes to purchase. The "value" of that asset is just like the value of any asset (an ounce of gold, a barrel of oil, a car, a packet of Chewits...) and it will fluctuate according to supply and demand, and the perceived value of that asset to the seller and purchaser.

    Squidgy says that buying out the contract is paying "the players wages for the remainder of the contract." But what if that is a relatively small amount of money, for a player who has (during the existing contract) reached a better level than people thought they might, and so the value of their wages for the remainder of the contract is much less than their future value as a player. In a case like that, the selling club isn't going to release the player from that contract for such a small sum, are they?


  • Registered Users Posts: 21,026 ✭✭✭✭ Squidgy Black


    The "contract", the "registration", whatever...

    Either way, it is an "asset" that the selling club holds, and the buying club wishes to purchase. The "value" of that asset is just like the value of any asset (an ounce of gold, a barrel of oil, a car, a packet of Chewits...) and it will fluctuate according to supply and demand, and the perceived value of that asset to the seller and purchaser.

    Squidgy says that buying out the contract is paying "the players wages for the remainder of the contract." But what if that is a relatively small amount of money, for a player who has (during the existing contract) reached a better level than people thought they might, and so the value of their wages for the remainder of the contract is much less than their future value as a player. In a case like that, the selling club isn't going to release the player from that contract for such a small sum, are they?

    No they just wait until the player is out of contract. Generally rugby contracts are only between 1-3 years, unlike soccer contracts which are generally 5 years +. It's not very common for players to be approached by other clubs when they've more than a year left on their contract.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,308 ✭✭✭✭ prawnsambo


    The "contract", the "registration", whatever...

    Either way, it is an "asset" that the selling club holds, and the buying club wishes to purchase. The "value" of that asset is just like the value of any asset (an ounce of gold, a barrel of oil, a car, a packet of Chewits...) and it will fluctuate according to supply and demand, and the perceived value of that asset to the seller and purchaser.

    Squidgy says that buying out the contract is paying "the players wages for the remainder of the contract." But what if that is a relatively small amount of money, for a player who has (during the existing contract) reached a better level than people thought they might, and so the value of their wages for the remainder of the contract is much less than their future value as a player. In a case like that, the selling club isn't going to release the player from that contract for such a small sum, are they?
    Yes. But as pointed out above, it's pretty rare for a rugby player to change clubs mid-contract. Because contracts are short enough, it doesn't make sense. The case of Johan Goosen with Racing 92 is indicative. He'd just signed a 4 year contract with Racing and Montpellier went after him. Rather than wait out his contract and because Racing were absolutely livid and wouldn't entertain the notion, he 'retired' early. He'll be at Montpellier next season after 'coming back from retirement' to play with the Cheetahs this season.


  • Moderators, Education Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 8,321 Mod ✭✭✭✭ artanevilla


    Before the Bosman rule in football, clubs could retain players even when they were out of contract.


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