Date: 28th July 2007 at 7:54pm
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Barnet have agreed a £125,000 compensation deal with Charlton Athletic as the Championship side sign Dean Sinclair.

Deano left Underhill at the end of last season, rejecting a new contract, and was set to sign for League One side Leyton Orient before Charlton offered him a trial at The Valley.

The lure of a promotion-chasing side in the Championship, pushing for promotion back to the Premiership proved too strong and decided not to sign for the O’s and he began training with Charlton. He made various appearances in the team’s pre-season friendlies and was invited on the club’s tour in Spain after praise from ex-Bees player and now Charlton manager Alan Pardew for his high-energy in performances in the middle of the park.

On the side’s return to England, Sinclair happily signed a three-year contract. As Sinclair is under 24 years of age, Barnet are entitled to a fee for the transfer but instead of taking it to the tribunal, Tony Kleanthous reached a deal of £125,000 for him, which is well above what the notoriously stiff-minded tribunals would’ve payed had it gone there; a good bit of business indeed.

‘We want to help the young players move forward and we feel under the circumstances with the climate that it is out there with money we`re happy and content with the deal,’ Paul Fairclough told BBC London 94.9.

He also revealed that as Deano reached a certain number of appearances for his new club club and if the Championship favourites returned to the top flight then the fee could quickly rise to £200,000. Also involved in the deal was a pre-season friendly for next year, which will also help the Bees financially in terms of a higher gate next season, meaning they could be facing two Premiership teams at Underhill, taking into account the usual annual Arsenal game.

His new boss, Pardew, told Charlton’s website: ‘Dean technically needs to improve but the legs are an absolute definite – he’s as good an athlete as I’ve seen and that’s very, very important in this division. And he’ll get better because he’s only young,’ because ‘All Charlton fans will know that we’re short of energy in the midfield and that worried me because my teams are all about energy.’

And Pardew said Deano could become one of the Addick’s star players in the squad if he improves his technical abilities; ‘He’s a good take for us and the challenge for him is to improve technically and get into the first team. If he does that then we could have a very good player on our hands.’

Deano made nearly 150 appearances for the Bees, scoring 21 times, in an excellent part of his career at Underhill and was loved for his high-energy performances that The Valley faithful will now have the joy of watching.