The services of Aylesbury footballer Rob Hall have been valued at more than £1 million after a tribunal decided on a compensation package for his former club West Ham on Friday.
Former Grange School pupil Hall left Premier League Hammers in the summer in search of first team football at Championship side Bolton.
The forward had been tipped for big things for club and country by a number of people at West Ham, including current manager Sam Allardyce.
But with first team opportunities few and far between, Hall opted to leave when his contract expired with West Ham fighting for some form of compensation having seen him progress through the ranks from the tender age of seven.
On Friday afternoon, the Professional Football Compensation Committee confirmed an independent tribunal has ruled that Bolton must pay West Ham an initial sum of £450,000 with the following further additions:
• £250,000 if Bolton are promoted to the Premier League in the next three seasons
• £2,500 per appearance for the first 100 appearances (for Bolton) in the Championship
• or £10,000 per appearance for the first 100 appearances (for Bolton) if in the Premier League
• 20% of any profit made by Bolton Wanderers in selling the player to another club at any point in the future.
In a brief statement on the club’s official website, West Ham said: “West Ham United would like to thank Robert for his efforts during his time with the club and wish him well in his future career.”
On leaving the Hammers back in July, Hall, whose brother Matt plays for Aylesbury FC, admitted it was a tough decision to make.
“I am delighted to be joining a club with great ambition and to have a manager that believes in me and has made a big effort to bring me here.
“It wasn’t an easy decision to make, trust me I cant express how hard the decision was but I want to thank all the staff and the FANS at West Ham and wish them every success in the future.”
After coming through the famous West Ham Academy ranks, the 19-year-old made his first-team debut in a 2-1 Championship defeat at Derby County on New Year’s Eve 2011. In total, he made seven senior appearances for the Hammers.