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Oldham Athletic tie-down 19y/o defender, a smart move?

Oldham Athletic defender Tom Hamer has signed a new two-year contract extension, which will keep him at Boundary Park until 2022.

The 19-year-old signed for The Latics in 2015 and made his first-team debut in their EFL trophy win over Leicester last season.

The academy graduate played 35 first-team matches in all competitions during the last campaign and was one of Oldham’s top performers throughout the 2018/19 season.

Hamer has the potential to play at a much higher level than League Two in future years. However, Oldham has acted quickly and prepared themselves for this outcome. Adding a further two years to his contract will mean other sides have to pay considerably more to buy a player that has years remaining on his current contract.

A lot of sides now lose young talent, and only receive the mandatory compensation, because they didn’t tie them down to a long-term contract earlier in their career. Sides like Oldham need to maximise every opportunity to create funds for the club, they’ve done that successfully in this case. Any future sale of Hamer will only happen at the price they demand, because of that luxury they have with him being contracted until 2022.

Also, former Oldham first-team coach Paul Murray had returned as the clubs academy manager and will begin his new role on today.

Oldham starts their season at Forest Green Rovers on August 3rd and will be hoping to build on last seasons 14th placed finish.

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