Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Ferguson fee was worth it: Jeffrey

Glenn Ferguson as Linfield fans like to see him - celebrating a goal

David Jeffrey last night claimed that Glenn Ferguson has repaid his £55,000 transfer fee three times over.

The Linfield striker will play his 400th game for the Blues this afternoon, ironically against the team he left for that record fee - Glenavon.

In his time at Windsor Park Ferguson has helped the Blues win the league title four times, the Irish Cup once and a plethora of other trophies besides as he looks to add even more to his medal collection this season.

After Peter Thompson came off the bench to bag both goals in the 2-0 win over Newry City last weekend, Jeffrey has been left with the most pleasurable of selection headaches, but Ferguson will definitely start at Mourneview Park.

"There was a lot of hard work done behind the scenes to get Glenn Ferguson to Linfield, not least in raising the money to pay the fee," said Jeffrey.

"That fee has been paid back and then paid back again and again as Glenn's contribution to Linfield during his time at the club has been amazing.

"We knew that it was a lot of money at the time, but market forces dictated the price and as well as being able to out-bid Glentoran, Glenn wanted to come to Linfield.

"He is the one player in my time at the club that we have paid a transfer fee for and when you think that we brought in £100,000 from the sale of Lee Feeney to Rangers I am still very much in the black in terms of my transfer dealings at Linfield."

Ferguson is showing no signs of slowing down as his career enters it's later stages.

At 37-years-old many are starting to look their age, but Ferguson is in the form of his life and has the statistics to prove it.

He ended last season with 42 goals and has hit 14 so far this season, taking his tally with the Blues to 225 and his career total to 475, with 500 well in his sights.

"Glenn is a credit to himself in how he has looked after himself," said Jeffrey.

"What he did last season was incredible and anyone else would be overjoyed with 14 goals at the stage of the season.

"I would like to think he will finish his career at Linfield, but contracts are earned through performances on the pitch and that is up to Glenn."

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