Date:Wednesday May 21 2008
Andy Robinson will not be a Swansea City player next season after his request for more time to decide was turned down.
Club officials have been seemingly growing more and more frustrated by Robinson's attitude to negotiations and in effect have moved first to avoid any further discussions over the players future.
Talks over Robinson's new contract terms broke down over the remuneration package put on the table by Swansea City.
Robinson's agent Neil Sang has also been under severe criticism for his part in the negotiation process. It marks the final chapter in the midfeilder's Swansea City career started in 2003 when he signed from Tranmere Rovers after failing to secure a first team place. In that time Robinson has made 157 apperances and scoring 47 goals .
The Club Statement Read:
|Swansea City FC are disappointed with the news today that Andy Robinson is to sign for Leeds United.|
Andy, whose contract with the Club expires on 30th June, has invoked his right as a free agent to move onto pastures new. Andy asked the Club to wait until after Sunday's League One play off final for a final decision on whether he would accept our current offer to extend his contract, but the Club felt this an unrealistic request and imposed a deadline of yesterday for Andy to make his mind up. This he did, subsequently deciding to move on.
Andy leaves Swansea City with our heartfelt best wishes and with many thanks for his service to the Club and the commitment shown by him over the years that he has been at the Club.
Negotiations between the Club and Andy over a new contract began last October/November with a view to agreeing terms before the January transfer window opened. Unfortunately, despite our best endeavours, no common ground was reached. At that point, it was decided not to place Andy on the transfer list as we felt he had a great part to play in our quest for promotion. The prospect of achieving that promotion with Andy as part of the squad far outweighed any financial gain we may have realised should Andy have moved on at that point. It was also felt that having gained promotion, it would be enough to further secure Andy's services.
Negotiations have been ongoing and the latest offer, had it been accepted, would have made Andy one of the highest paid players in the History of Swansea City FC. This Club believes we should set a realistic wage structure without diluting our ambitions to take the Club to the very highest level of football.
The plan this summer was to keep every player who played a part in our promotion success and to build on that by further strengthening the squad. To that end, Roberto Martinez is currently working tirelessly to bring in the type of player that will add to the strength and character of the squad, with the aim of making Swansea City a competitive Championship Club.
Once again, we wish Andy Robinson every success in the choice he has made in this next stage of his career.
Date:Wednesday May 21 2008
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