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Barrow manager in a stew over Grimsby’s Cook compensation

MANAGER Dave Bayliss says Barrow AFC will take Grimsby Town to an FA tribunal over the compensation fee for striker Andy Cook.

DISPUTE: Andy Cook, in action for Barrow against his new club Grimsby last season, is at the centre of a compensation fee row REF: 50029110B003

The 21-year-old, who was out-of-contract with Barrow, turned down a new offer from the Bluebirds and yesterday penned an initial two-year deal at Blue Square Bet Premier rivals Grimsby.

North East-based Cook – a former Carlisle United youth product – was Barrow’s top league scorer last season with 17 goals.

His departure follows that of 21-year-old winger Jack Mackreth, who also turned down the offer of a new deal with Barrow to join another Blue Square Bet Premier outfit, Macclesfield Town.

Although Cook and Mackreth were out of contract with Barrow, because both are aged under 24, the Bluebirds are due a compensation fee from the players’ respective new clubs.

Bayliss said: “Both will go to tribunals. Grimsby have made us a silly offer which we are not going to accept. Both Cooky and Jack owe Barrow a lot of gratitude for getting them where they are now.”

Asked how much compensation money Barrow would be seeking, Bayliss added: “It is a set thing for players on certain wages, but the biggest thing really is the sell-on fee.

“Neither (Grimsby or Macclesfield) were prepared to put in a sell-on fee.”

Prior to going on a family holiday to Turkey, Bayliss said both Mackreth and Cook had told him they were willing to re-sign for Barrow.

Both, however, will now ply their trade elsewhere in Blue Square Bet Premier next season.

The Barrow manager said: “I spoke to Jack in the gym the day before I went on holiday and he said he was 100 per cent signing for us.

“One the same day, Cooky said he was signing too.

“I still haven’t had a text or a call off Jack to tell me he has left, that’s the most disappointing thing.

“Cooky, to be fair, texted me while I was on holiday and said for one reason or another that he was leaving.

“Both are lovely lads but, in my opinion, they have made the wrong moves and rushed it. I wouldn’t say either is making a step-up.”

Cook told the Grimsby Telegraph: “As soon as I found out that Grimsby were interested, I knew where I wanted to go.

“They are a massive club that wants to push on and get back into the Football League, and I want to be part of that.

“When I spoke to the (joint) managers, they gave me the right impression and really made me feel wanted, which was important to me.

“Grimsby is a club on the up and I am really excited to be part of that.

“I’m over the moon to have signed.”

Have your say

Both players were arguably right up there being the best players in the squad, If it goes to a FA tribunal then there stats from last season will go against grimsby and be better for barrow, i hope as a fan and i hope for barrow that the financial income from the deals will be respectful. After all barrow needs every penny they get!!!

Posted by Nathan Williams on 9 June 2012 at 12:09

No disrespect but Grimsby are not the same as Chester, Darlo and now Macclesfield. They draw much bigger crowds to produce required revenue. How many conference team can pull 4500 while underachieving... Just Luton?

Posted by Neil on 8 June 2012 at 22:20

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