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Thursday, January 19, 2006
Leeds striker Hulse backs Newell's 'bung' claims

Leeds striker Rob Hulse has backed Luton manager Mike Newell's claim that 'bungs' are still rife in the game.

Luton boss Newell met with Football Association chiefs this week to expand on his allegations he had been offered cash by agents and club officials as an incentive to buy and sell players.

Newell had said he would be stunned if former Arsenal manager George Graham was the only one to have accepted a `bung' in the last 11 years.

'It's been going on for years and how you stop it I don't know,' said Hulse, 26. 'Mike Newell has been very brave to come out like he has, unfortunately nobody's really stood with him.

'But we are kidding ourselves to say it doesn't go on, of course it does. That money is going out of football and Championship and lower league clubs certainly need that money.

'You have to question where the money from some of these deals is going, on some occasions it's not going where it should be.'

Hulse, who joined Leeds from West Brom for 1.1million in the summer following an initial loan spell last season, added on the club's official website that the majority of agents are honest and look after the players' best interests, but a minority were giving them all a bad name.

'I think agents are an evil necessity, especially for young lads earning a lot money.

'You need good financial advice and help with things like finding property when you move and a good agent can do that for you.

'But there are some sharks out there who will look to move players on as often as they can and you do hear of certain players who later question why they made particular moves when they did.

'But it is a necessity to have one in today's game. There are a few out there who damage the name of the good agents.

'Most are looking after players' interests, but there are the odd ones who are taking money out of the game.'

The FA have confirmed they will now reflect on the findings of their meeting with Newell before releasing a statement on the issue at a later date.

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