Maidenhead United full statement as West Ham and Wolves spark cash windfall

Max Kilman playing for Maidenhead United. Photo: Mick Vogel.
Max Kilman playing for Maidenhead United. Photo: Mick Vogel.

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Maidenhead United are expecting a cash windfall in the millions of pounds after Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United came to an agreement over Max Kilman.

The former Maidenhead defender joined Wolves in 2018 for around £40,000 with a sell-on clause thought to be between 10 and 20%.

West Ham have now agreed to a fee of around £40million for the the defender who had previously courted interest from Napoli and Manchester United. However former Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui is now at West Ham and has won the race for a player he made captain.

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Maidenhead United chairman Peter Griffin appeared on Sky Sports News on Saturday from the clubs friendly at Holyport to discuss the transfer and said the windfall would ‘profoundly change the club’.

The Magpies chairman has now released a statement in full on the club website: I would like to congratulate former Maidenhead United player, Max Kilman, on completing his transfer from Wolves to West Ham and wish him every success for this exciting next stage of his career. 

It is no great secret that when we sold Max to Wolves in 2018 a sell on clause was included within the transfer agreement which the club will now benefit from over the coming few years. 

Over recent days there has been a lot of speculation regarding the sell on clause and the amount of money the club will receive. As you would expect commercial confidentially prohibits me from providing specific details about the sell on clause, however, we were engaged with various parties during the negotiation process for Max’s transfer. We reached a mutually agreeable position that all parties are satisfied with and importantly it is in the best interest of the club. 

Ultimately this is a fantastic outcome for club which will benefit from one of the largest, if not the largest, transfer payments an English non league club has ever received, which is something to celebrate. This is testament to the hard work of Alan Devonshire and his coaching team past and present, as well our Academy programme which every year is developing players which move into our first team squad. 

This is a momentous day for Maidenhead United FC, which gives us the opportunity to profoundly change the future of the club. A supporters meeting will be held in due course to give more details on how the cash injection will be used on and off the pitch. 

Peter Griffin – Chairman

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