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Not quite sure I follow your logic Sluffy. Don't see any reason in what you say why it's not possible for him to come back on a contract of lesser value than the one that wasn't renewed.
And when Hill said "at this moment in time
we're unlikely to re-engage" that probably was the truth - at that moment in time - so it's hardly a U-turn.
Nor can I see any firm evidence of a "change in transfer policy" - but I do agree that the club not getting their targets is a possible reason for his return.
Buckley signed for us the second time as one of the seven (or eight?) players we obtained on the last day of the summer transfer window, under the current embargo constraints, by Hill, under Sharon's financially limited new ownership.
It's highly unlikely then then that he was offered a lucrative contact at that time.[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
He was let go at the end of his contract and resigned again two weeks later - that's a U-turn in anyone's eyes (apart from yours obviously).
The embargo places a £2,000 per week limit on wages - so if Buckley was supposedly asking for more then he couldn't have been on the maximum allowable wage when he joined us at that point - highly unlikely considering he had the summer to find a club offering him more - and everybody else who left the club at the end of last season got fixed up elsewhere to their satisfaction, including Wheater who many believed would give his right arm to stay with us but instead left for the money bags club of mighty Oldham Athletic who paid him more - so it seems highly unlikely to me that Buckley was chasing the money and was more likely not wishing to move himself or his family away from the area.
Alternatively if the club offered him a contract for less, then how much could we possibly be talking about - a few hundred pounds a week? We would be talking about something like say 10k to 15k over the length of his new contract to the end of season - are FV seriously that hard up to have to go to those lengths or alternatively such hard nosed business people to want to act that way if they could afford the deal as per the previous six months contract he just had?
If you had been treated like that and knew you could probably pick up the same deal (or likely better elsewhere - he was in talks with Bradford) would you go back to Bolton after all that?
If Buckley wanted more money he could easily have waited until the end of the window and probably have got one soon enough in the scramble before the window shut - or even sat on his hands as a free agent and joined a club after the window had shut.
We aren't talking about big wages here remember.
And you can't see any change in transfer policy can you not???
I think Hill for one has.