How Leigh Griffiths earned Falkirk £129 - and how the striker could recoup the cash

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Leigh Griffiths could be on the verge of a sensational return to Falkirk – five years since netting the Bairns £129 in transfer fees.

Griffiths, according to a report in the Scottish Sun, has been offered a £1500 weekly wage packet – more than ten times the entire cash return Falkirk received as part of his training development fee when the Scotland striker made his £1m move from Wolves to Celtic in 2014.

The forward spent a short spell with the club’s academy as a youth when John Hughes was at the Bairns, before later breaking into the professional ranks with Livingston and embarking on a career that spanned more than 260 games and 123 goals.

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Leigh Griffiths is now a free agent  (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group)Leigh Griffiths is now a free agent  (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group)
Leigh Griffiths is now a free agent (Photo by Ross Parker / SNS Group)

Then finance director Andy Thomson told the meeting: “Every player has what’s called a ‘player passport’ and when he is transferred money is filtered down through clubs which helped their development.

"Leigh spent a short time with the Falkirk Academy and that’s why we received that income.”

Now, Griffiths is being linked with a return to his ex-club, though Martin Rennie and Kenny Miller are believed to face League One rivals Queen’s Park for his signature.

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If recruited on the figures quoted, Griffiths would recoup the £129 his move earned for the club within 14 hours of his contract beginning. Others are interested however and Premiership sides St Mirren and St Johnstone have also been linked with the striker since he became a free agent.

The 22-time Scotland cap is available after being released half-way through his one-year Celtic extension, and leaving Dundee at conclusion of his six-month loan. The Dark Blues are also said to have offered him terms to stay on at Dens Park.

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