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Grecians hope to avoid a tribunal for Troy Archibald-Henville fee

By Exeter Express and Echo  |  Posted: June 28, 2012

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EXETER City are optimistic of avoiding a second transfer fee tribunal after Troy Archibald-Henville agreed to join Swindon Town.

The Grecians are already on the verge of taking Stevenage to an independent panel hearing as the two clubs are struggling to agree a compensation package for James Dunne, who left City for Boro in May.

But chief executive Julian Tagg hopes it will be a different scenario in the Archibald-Henville case, as he awaits an opening offer from the Robins.

Tagg said: "Swindon have conducted themselves very properly. We were aware of their contact with Troy's agent, I have spoken to them and there will be an offer from them.

"We will be looking for six figures for Troy because he is another exceptional player and we know there is something in the offing from Swindon.

"We will absolutely be hoping to avoid a tribunal, but of course it depends what Swindon's offer is. We want to sort it out between us, but we still have a job to do of maximising the return for the club."

As was the case with Dunne, Archibald-Henville was out of contract with City this summer, and so was free to negotiate a move to another club under the Bosman transfer ruling.

However those same rules also dictate that clubs losing a player aged under 24 in such circumstances must be financially compensated. Archibald-Henville is 23.

Tagg said he was sad to see the player's departure and admitted that until recently he had held out high hopes that Archibald-Henville – last season's supporters' player of the year – would actually stay with the Grecians for the coming 2012/13 campaign.

"Without knowing the exact details I believe Troy deliberated for a while," Tagg said.

"We made him the best offer we could and Troy has been very happy here, as his football indicated.

"But, as we would expect, he has been looking at other offers and no one blames him for that. Troy has the right to look around.

"I think he wanted to stay but the finances available in the league above was a big draw for him, so I cannot say much more than I wish him well and hope he will be happy."

Powerful centre-back Archibald-Henville made his senior league debut for City in a 2-1 win over Dagenham & Redbridge in January 2009.

He went on to help City clinch promotion from League Two at the first attempt, playing 19 games in a half-season loan spell from Tottenham Hotspur.

Archibald-Henville returned to St James's Park on loan at the start of the following season, making a further 15 appearances, convincing suitably enough for City to shell out £50,000 for his services on a permanent basis in January 2010.

A problematic knee injury initially hampered Archibald-Henville's progress, but after recovering he went on to make another 81 appearances for Tisdale's men and scored three goals in the process.

Tagg said: "When he came here we saw the potential and stuck our necks out by paying the only transfer fee we have paid out in about 10 years.

"It was an astute piece of business. Troy is another player who has come through and achieved for us and for himself.

"That is what we will set out to achieve again in building another new team this season."

Archibald-Henville was unveiled as a Swindon player on Tuesday at the County Ground, where he admitted he could not wait to get started.

Archibald-Henville said: "The gaffer (Paolo Di Canio) has said he wants me to work hard, but that's a given for any player. I can't wait to start.

"Hopefully it will be a good first season for me at Swindon and I am looking forward to starting with the lads at pre-season training.

"Having been promoted, I am sure the players here will be in good spirits and I am ready to work hard for my chance.

"I heard about the potential of a move to Swindon on holiday, but I gave it some thought and it's a good career move for me.

"There is competition for places here but I am willing to work for my position."

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