Peterborough United’s legitimate move for a Barnet player triggers a tug-of-war and a complaint to the FA about an agent
Peterborough United have become embroiled in a tug-of-war over highly-rated young Barnet player Ronnie Edwards,
Edwards (17), who is comfortable in midfield or in the centre of defence, played for Posh in their private friendly against Peterborough Sports on Tuesday (August 4).
Posh have agreed a fee with Barnet for Edwards and entered into contract negotiations with the player, but other clubs have now started showing an interest, including top Championship side Brentford.
Barnet issued a statement last night (August 6) which accused Edwards’ agent of touting the player to other clubs. Barnet have now made a complaint to the FA stating only Posh have permission to speak to the player.
A club spokesman said: “Second year scholar, Ronnie Edwards, has been with Barnet FC for seven years (since signing with the club as an under-9) and has developed into a talented young player, who made his debut for the senior squad back in December 2019 and featured in the 19/20 play-off squad. The club has made several offers to retain the young scholar as a pro, but is aware that he would like a move to a Football League club.
“Following the conclusion of the season, chairman, Tony Kleanthous gave the defensive scholar permission to trial at Peterborough United, and Ronnie has since featured in behind-closed-door friendlies with the League One club. Barnet FC understands that the player was discussing terms with Barry Fry ahead of a proposed transfer.
“However, the club are deeply disappointed to have been informed that Ronnie’s agent, Barry Ashby, has been touting the young player to other teams - most notably, Brentford FC. Mr Ashby has also been actively contacting and entering into discussions with other clubs, without the consent of Barnet FC.
“Barnet FC have reported the illegal intermediary activity to The Football Association for the appropriate actions to be taken with regard to this breach of regulations.”
Posh director of football Barry Fry added: “Tony and I agreed a deal for Ronnie Edwards. He allowed me to bring the boy in to play and train with us behind closed doors. We have offered Ronnie a contract and left a message for his dad to ring me. We have spoken to his agent who informed us that several other clubs were interested and that he was meeting one on Friday (August 7).
“When I informed Tony of this he was shocked by the information, as we were the only club who had permission to enter negotiations with Ronnie.”