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Fulham reject Maidstone cash plea over Chris Smalling

Chris Smalling
Smalling has made 13 appearances for Fulham in all competitions

Maidstone United have abandoned hope of receiving further compensation from Fulham for defender Chris Smalling after his move to Manchester United.

The 20-year-old joined the Cottagers in 2008 and has now agreed a summer move to Old Trafford for an undisclosed fee.

Stones chairman Paul Bowden-Brown told BBC Radio Kent: "I appealed to Fulham owner Mohammed Al-Fayed and their chief executive but without success."

Smalling's move to Man Utd has already triggered a compensation agreement.

"We agreed with Fulham that for every 10 first-team appearances Chris made, Maidstone would receive £10,000," Bowden-Brown added.

"There was no sell-on clause because Chris was a schoolboy while he was with us and could not have played for England Schoolboys had he been on contract.

There will be no further payment of any sort coming to Maidstone

Paul Bowden-Brown

"I wrote to Al-Fayed and their chief executive, as did many of our supporters, pointing out our circumstances.

"They responded by saying that Chris had been a rough diamond when they signed him and that their manager Roy Hodgson had developed him.

"There will be no further payment of any sort coming to Maidstone."

The cash-strapped Stones have been unable to pay their players since 5 December and have deferred paying any wages until the end of the season.

Maidstone are seeking to establish a ground of their own in the town, they presently lodge with Ashford Town after leaving Sittingbourne last season.

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