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Powell: No formal Charlton-Liverpool loan link-up in Shelvey deal
THERE is no formal arrangement in place allowing Charlton to take Liverpool players on loan as part of the Jonjo Shelvey transfer deal according to Valley boss Chris Powell.
It was widely reported at the time of Shelvey’s move in 2010 the Addicks would get first dibs on any promising youngsters at Anfield who the Premier League side were willing to loan out.
But aside from Nathan Eccleston’s spell at Charlton in the second half of the 2010-11 campaign, no other Liverpool players have made the move south and Powell today explained the terms of the Shelvey deal may not have included a written link-up agreement between the two clubs after all.
He said: “It is something which was done before I was here and Nathan Eccleston was done just before I came in as manager in January 2011.
“It is not really something we’ve looked at.
“I know Brendan Rodgers and we have spoken to him once or twice.
“We spoke to Kevin Keen and Steve Clarke when they were there last year.
“I suppose it is more of an informal agreement, it is not something they are tied to and have to do because ultimately if there are players at other clubs I want then I will do that.
“But I always think these kind of agreements are never what they seem to everyone else.
“Everyone thinks you are going to get a regular stream of players coming through the door every month, it is never going to be like that.
“I’m sure if they’ve got players who are good enough for us and if we feel they are the right player, with the right character and in the right positions then we will do business but I think it is more informal than formal.”
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