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Football: Wilson deal breaks Livvy vow.

LIVINGSTON chairman Dominic Keane last night admitted he went against his principles by splashing out pounds 100,000 for Barry Wilson.

Keane has always insisted he would only buy players under the Bosman ruling.

But that changed when boss Jim Leishman asked for the cash to buy attacking midfielder Wilson, 28, from Inverness Caley Thistle.

Keane said: "Livingston have always favoured Bosman when dealing in the transfer market but on this occasion we decided to make an exception to the rule.

"It's very rare that a player of Barry's ability becomes available in Scotland.

"Jim told me Barry was a player he wanted and even although it has cost the club a record fee, I was happy to back his judgment.

"I appreciate I have broken one of my rules but in this game you've always got to be a little flexible."

Both clubs have reached agreement on a two-year deal.

The formalities will be completed next week when Wilson undergoes a medical on his return home from Caley's club holiday.

Keane, whose dream is to take his club into the Premier League, added: "Barry is a Livingston player subject to a medical."

Livvy are continuing to monitor Falkirk star Scott Crabbe whose contract expires at the end of June.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Docherty, John
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 12, 2000
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