Bradford still waiting for Stars invoice
Bradford City, Nahki Wells's former club, have no issue with sending the player's childhood team a cheque for £50,000 — they just need them to submit a bill.
Western Stars Sports Club are still awaiting payment of the estimated $83,000 from Bradford after the sale of Wells to Huddersfield Town in January, as part of a development fee, having nurtured the player as a youngster in their football team, Dandy Town.
“They [Bradford] have made contact with us, but nothing has been sorted out yet,” Wayne Campbell, the president of Western Stars, told The Royal Gazette last week. “We haven't got anything yet.”
Yesterday the Bradford Argus and Telegraph reported that Bradford had insisted that there was no issue with the money owed to Stars who developed their former striker. They said they could not forward the money until they received an invoice.
“They haven't sent us an invoice yet,” said David Baldwin, Bradford's director of operations. “How can we generate the payment when we haven't got a bill?
“Any international payments have to go through the Football Association's clearing house first. Our accounts department have made contact with the FA and attempted to get in touch with Dandy Town. But until we get sent the invoice from Bermuda, we cannot send any money.”
Wells had insisted that Town be compensated for the work they put in developing him as a youth player. In his last season with the club in 2010, Wells was the Premier Division's leading goalscorer and most valuable player.
“If anyone deserves it, Dandy Town do,” he said. “I spent 20 years at that club, so I have to believe they deserve some sort of credit and financial stability.
“Hopefully it is used well and helps a lot of people back home. It is a large amount of money and, if used wisely, it can help the club massively.”
Wells left Bradford for a £?1.3?million fee and scored two goals in his first two matches, including the winner as a substitute on his debut against Millwall.
The goals have dried up, but Wells was encouraged by his performance on Saturday when he set up four of Huddersfield's five goals in their rout of neighbours Barnsley. He said he was still getting used to the step up to the Sky Bet Championship from League One.
“I've jumped into a new division with a new team and things still need to settle down,” Wells said.
“But the manager has faith that I'm the right guy and I've got to keep repaying that faith with good performances.”
While Wells was substituted in the 87th minute to a warm reception from the crowd, Barnsley's players and their travelling fans were involved in a heated exchange at the end of their biggest defeat of the season.
The club launched an immediate investigation into the incident at the John Smith's Stadium, where midfielder Stephen Dawson and winger Brek Shea responded to a section of angry supporters.
Dawson became involved in a verbal spat with one supporter, while Shea, a United States player, is alleged to have made an offensive hand gesture.
The club issued an apology for the incidents, saying: “Barnsley Football Club would like to apologise to its supporters for incidents further to the full-time whistle on Saturday at Huddersfield Town's John Smith's Stadium.
“As a club, we do not condone any provocative actions from any of its employees and would like to further apologise for any offence caused.”