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Club Statement: Compensation Tribunal

Compensation Tribunal, 20 August 2018

Further to today’s Compensation Tribunal we have been informed of the financial details of the award.

Due to the terms and conditions on confidentiality covered by S.P.F.L. Rules of Procedure we are unable to publish details of the award, or indeed our opinion of it.

A summary of the Tribunal’s decision will be circulated to us in due course, at which point I hope we will be permitted to comment thereon.

We acknowledge and thank the members of the Tribunal for their diligence and efforts today.

We believe that the guidelines used in making today’s decision should be made available for public and media scrutiny.

Various reports have implied that a low compensation figure would jeopardise our commitment to developing young players through our Academy. Today’s decision only makes us more determined to continue with our ethos of opportunity and to have the most productive Academy in the country.

However, other Clubs trying to promote youth development must be made aware of the guidelines and rules now applicable to compensation cases. They must be informed of all the facts when considering whether they can afford to invest in youth development.

In conclusion, we wish Lewis a successful career and allied to his natural ability, he has the character to be a top class player.

Lewis signed for us when he was fourteen, having been released by his previous Club. We are proud that with his own endeavours and the diligent work of the Academy Manager George Cairns and his coaches he is already showcasing his qualities in European competition.

Ronnie MacDonald

Chairman H.A.F.C.

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