Ilkeston FC have been assured of a substantial six-figure sum after their former midfielder Che Adams signed for Birmingham City.
Adams, 20, left Ilkeston two years ago to sign for Sheffield United having come through the Robins’ academy and went on to establish himself as a first team regular at Bramall Lane.
Now he has made the move a division higher after Birmingham paid a fee which has been undisclosed but is believed to be in the region of £2 million, following two earlier rejections. Ilkeston are understood to have received 20 per cent of that fee thanks to a sell-on clause in his contract and therefore netting around £400,000.
Ilkeston chief executive Nigel Harrop said: “It’s massive for this football club and further proves that our model works. There are ten or 11 players out there that we’ve seen move to a higher level who could also benefit us financially in the future.
“I’m not sure what the figures for the Che Adams deal are at the moment as we’ve obviously played no part in this transfer, but it should be the case that it will go a long way to securing the future of Ilkeston Football Club.”