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Wells deal cost Town $12k

Nahki Wells’ move to Bradford City would have been thrown into jeopardy had Dandy Town not agreed to waive a compensation package from the League Two side.

A free agent after being released by Carlisle United at the end of last season, the 21-year-old joined The Bantams on a one-year contract last month.

Because he is aged under 24, Bradford were obliged to pay Wells’ boyhood club a compensation payment believed to be in the region of $12,000.

But it’s understood the cash-strapped English lower league outfit would have pulled the plug on the deal had Hornets not willingly forfeited their entitled development fee.

Ex-Bradford winger Mark Ellis, who is acting as Wells’ adviser, praised Hornets for their selfless act which he said was crucial in ensuring the deal went through without a hitch.

“I’m pleased Nahki’s got a contract so soon, and full credit to Dandy Town because without them the move wouldn’t have happened,” said Ellis.

“Bradford said they would only sign him if Dandy Town forfeited the compensation fee and accepted a sell-on fee if Nahki goes on to bigger and better things. Dandy Town agreed to that and deserve a lot of credit because otherwise he would have had to sign on a non-contract basis, as he did at Carlisle.

“I believe the fee was around $12,000 which is probably a lot of money to Dandy Town.”

Ellis, who coached Wells at the UK-based International Academic and Soccer Academy, has urged him to make the most of his second chance in English football, having fallen short in his efforts to extend his stay at Carlisle.

Providing Wells knuckles down and learns from the mistakes he made during his first stint in the professional ranks, Ellis sees no reason why the ex-Bermuda Hogges player can’t become a first team regular at Coral Windows Stadium.

“I think it was touch and go whether Carlisle were going to offer Nahki a contract,” said Ellis, who made more than 200 appearances for Bradford. “I think what went against him was perhaps a lack of discipline rather than a lack of ability.

“Hopefully he learns from that and realises what he needs to do off the pitch as well as on it; I think he has the ability to kick on.

“It’s a good move for Nahki. When I first saw him, I thought Carlisle might be a better fit because they’re in a higher division, but sometimes you have to work your way back up.”

Dandy Town secretary Wayne Campbell said the club felt they had no choice but to forfeit the compensation they were due for Wells’ development as they suspected Bradford might not have taken him otherwise.

Campbell, however, believes domestic clubs deserve some form of remuneration when a player they have invested in and nurtured over the years signs for a professional team.

“We don’t want to stop a player fulfilling his dreams, but I think we deserve some compensation because we’ve obviously done something right,” he said.

“The problem is, the clubs say they won’t sign the player if they have to pay compensation, and we certainly don’t want to hold a player such as Nahki back.

“It doesn’t have to be financial compensation, maybe they could send down their coaches to run a clinic, or something of that nature.

“It’s a can of worms that needs to be opened because at the moment we’re the ones who are losing out.”

Wells enjoyed a second half cameo in Bradford’s 3-1 defeat against his former side Carlisle at the weekend.

The Bermuda international isn’t the only local player to join an English pro club recently. St. George’s goalkeeper Freddy Hall, 26, penned a one-year contract at League Two side Northampton Town last month.

Nahki Wells will be hoping to force his way into Bradford?s first team.

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Published August 02, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated August 02, 2011 at 9:32 am)

Wells deal cost Town $12k

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