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Plymouth Argyle have been among the best teams in League Two throughout the latest campaign and interestingly enough, they are also one of the teams whose big money signings are still quite recent.
For instance, their most expensive signing to date is still that of Simon Walton who arrived from Queens Park Rangers back in 2008/09 for a sum of £878,000. Of course, it’s still been over ten years since that deal went through and they haven’t been able to surpass it but considering how many teams in the league have record transfers that date back to the ‘80s and ‘90s, we can still say this is fairly fresh.
The second place belongs to Steven MacLean who was bought from Cardiff City in 2007/08 for what was then a record fee of £675,000. Alongside him, the Pilgrims also purchased Jim Paterson as he joined from Motherwell FC for a reported fee of £540.000.
It seems that the period between 2004/05 and 2008/09 was quite successful for the club and they were a steady presence on the transfer market since nine out of their top ten signings were done in that time span.
The situation with their sales is slightly different and also more expensive but there are still some similarities. For example, their most lucrative exit also happened in 2007/08 when David Norris departed for Ipswich Town for £2.7m and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake went to Wolverhampton Wanderers for £2m in that same campaign. Those two players are still first and third on the list respectively.
Peter Halmosi, who left for Hull City the very next campaign while making the Pilgrims £2.2m in the process too, is in second place.
Not many signings at the club are bigger or more famous than that of David Friio who arrived from ASOA Valence after he was released from the club. But no one really knew Plymouth Argyle would get such a bargain with that deal and not to mention a player who would end up scoring 44 goals in 185 appearances for them over the years.
Tommy Tynan is also one of the big names who should be mentioned on this list as well. Of course, he’s had multiple spells with the club but needless to say, that’s a part of the reason why his arrivals and departures were quite famous and also turned some heads along the way.
Then there are players like Graham Carey, an icon of the more modern days, and legends like Paul Mariner, who was signed for only £6,000 as a 19-year-old kid, a sum that would hardly pass as change nowadays. There are still many more that could make the cut, probably too many to even count, so these will simply have to do for now!
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