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Fry: You got a bargain

Posted on 8 August 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Barry Fry insists we picked up the bargain of the year when we completed a double swoop for Peterborough United pair Matthew Etherington and Simon Davies.

We snapped up the young internationals for a combined £1.2m in January after they set alight the Third Division with Posh.

Posh boss Fry said: "There is no doubt in my mind that Tottenham got the bargain of the year. I don't think they paid too much money for the two boys and I don't think the terms are that good if they do this or do that from our point of view either.

"We have a unique chairman here in Peter Boizot and myself as a manager, we don't want to stop our kids getting on.

Davies and Etherington impressed so much in their first few months at the Lane that they broke into the first team by April. They made their Premiership bows as substitutes at Anfield before making full debuts at none other than Old Trafford in May.

Fry added: "I spoke to George Graham at the back end of last season and he told me he was very pleased with the boys. He's very pleased with their attitude. They are not big-time Charlies, they want to listen, want to learn, want to work hard and they have a lot of talent.

"They are two level-headed lads, they have their feet firmly on the ground and training with Spurs they can see the quality and only get better physically and mentally.

"They don't expect to be in the team every week, which is another great thing, Young players tend to get a game and think they should be an ever present. These boys aren't like that. They know it's all part of their development that they'll be in, then on the bench, then with the reserves for a few weeks then back in again.

"It's not to say they haven't got ambition and don't want to be regulars, they do. They are very sensible and know not to go over the top. They can only get better with the expertise available at Tottenham and the experience George can pass onto them."