Pilgrims see a significant reduction paid out in agents' fees
Plymouth Argyle made a significant reduction in the amount they paid out on agents' fees during the 2012-13 season.
The Pilgrims were only the tenth highest spenders in League Two, compared with third the previous campaign.
Argyle committed £16,500 to agents' fees on a total of 48 transactions, according to an annual report from The Football League.
That was made up of 11 new registrations/transfers, 15 updated contracts, seven cancelled contracts and 15 loans.
Free consultation for thread/spider vein, mole, skin tag and wart...View details
Free consultation for thread/spider vein, mole, skin tag and wart removal
Contact: 01803 221072
Valid until: Tuesday, December 31 2013
Argyle had paid out £78,860 on agents' fees in 42 transactions during the previous season.
The Pilgrims spent the first four months of that reporting period in administration before James Brent completed his takeover of the Home Park club at the end of October 2011.
Martyn Starnes, Argyle's chief executive, said: "Argyle paid £16,500 in agents' fees in the year ended 30 June 2013, well below the average for the division of £28,085.
"Agents can be very influential with the players they represent and the clubs for which they sign," Starnes added.
"We cannot ignore this reality in football, and it is important we engage with certain agents and remain willing to pay reasonable fees in order to attract the type of players to Home Park that will bring success on the pitch.
"We will always endeavour to negotiate the best terms we can in order to secure the services of a particular player. The fees we paid to agents last season are not excessive, and we will look to continue that trend this season."
Promoted Rotherham United were the top payers on agents' fees in League Two last term with £106,383 as they rebuilt their squad under new manager Steve Evans.
The Millers carried out 72 transactions, which included 42 new registrations/transfers. Chesterfield were the second highest spenders on agents' fees in League Two last season with £92,418.
They were followed by Fleetwood Town (£91,445), Bradford City (£62,026) and Port Vale (£59,250). Four clubs in the division did not make any such payments – Accrington Stanley, AFC Wimbledon, Barnet and Morecambe.
In total, there were 1,252 transactions in League Two, of which 124 involved the use of an agent.
Clubs agreed to pay £674,037 on agents' fees, compared to £1,036,198 the previous campaign. The reporting period was from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.
Football League clubs spent a total of £21.5m on agents' fees last season, a fall of £170,000 from 2011-12. Of that £21.5m, all but £3m of it was committed by Championship clubs, with Blackburn Rovers topping the list at £3.5m.
An Argyle XI will play Torquay United in a development squad game at Plainmoor this afternoon (2pm).
Centre-back Paul Wotton is set for a return to action after suffering broken ribs in the season-opening 1-0 defeat at Southend United on August 3.
The squad for the game against Torquay also includes Jake Cole, Maxime Blanchard, Andre Blackman, Andres Gurrieri, Dominic Blizzard, Luke Young and Tyler Harvey.
Argyle's Johnstone's Paint Trophy second-round tie away to Swindon Town will be played on Tuesday, October 8 (7.45pm).