Scunthorpe United agreed to pay more money to agents than any other club in League Two last season, according to the Football League’s annual report.
The Iron said that they had committed £121,480, but had not actually paid the full amount during this period.
Writing via the club’s account on the Iron-Bru.com forum, a club spokesperson said: “The main reason for this is that the report shows what we have committed to spend on agent fees in the 2013/14 season and not what we have actually paid out for that period.
“Eleven of our contract renewals for the 2014/15 season and beyond were done in the reporting period for 2013/14 which runs from 1st July 2013 to 30th June 2014. To give a specific example, if a player signed a new contract in May 2014 for the 2014/15 and 2015/16 season then any agents fees paid over the duration of that contract would be shown in the 2013/14 reporting period.
“The trend is for clubs to start their new contracts from 1 July in the relevant year but this summer we were keen to get players signed up and set them a deadline to accept our offers. They all signed new contracts with their old terms applying to the 30 June 2014 and their new terms starting in 1 July 2014 but any agent fees due over the length of the new contract are shown in the report for 2013/14.”