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Football Manager 2010: Bargain and Out of Contract Player Guide

by: Simon Hill ; edited by: J. F. Amprimoz ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

Working with a tight budget in Football Manager 2010 can be a real challenge so in this guide we highlight some bargain players and a few who are available for free because they are out of contract.

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    Operating on a Budget

    Not everyone who plays FM 2010 will take a job at a rich club. This means operating in the transfer market with limited funds. Finding bargain players is essential and there are plenty of talented footballers out there who can be snapped up on the cheap. The price tag on a player is not the best indicator of quality but if you’re looking for a bargain you’re going to have to take some chances. The element of gambling becomes less worrying if you sign an out of contract player, although you must remember they’ll be taking up a chunk of your wage budget so don’t sign any old duffer.

    In this guide for Football Manager 2010 we’ll be highlighting some bargain players and some out of contract players worth signing. They won’t necessarily suit you if you are at a top club, but for managers with limited funds fighting relegation or operating in lower leagues they should come in handy. There are a couple of top players in the bargain section who you should find transfer listed so try to get them for below the asking price.

    Just like any other signing these players will only perform for you if they have a good training regime and they get regular football. If they don’t make your first team then be sure you give them a run out in the reserves or send them out on loan or they will deteriorate – this is especially true of older players.

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    Bargain Players

    • Wojciech Lobodzinski – 26 year old AMRC/FC at Wisla worth £925k
    • Garry Kenneth – 22 year old DC at Dundee United worth £900k
    • Wolfgang Mair – 29 year old AMRC/FC at Austria Karnten worth £140k
    • Ruud van Nistelrooy – 33 year old ST at Real Madrid worth £1.5 million
    • Rafael van der Vaart – 26 year old AMC at Real Madrid worth £8 million
    • Deco – 31 year old AMC at Chelsea worth £2 million (cheaper if you wait)
    • Sergey Krivets - 23 year old AMRLC at Lech worth £1.6 million
    • Daniel Opare - 18 year old D/WBR at Real Madrid worth £1.2 million (£275k on transfer list)
    • Marlon Harewood - 29 year old ST at Aston Villa worth £975k (£775k on transfer list)
    • Marc Muniesa - 17 year old DC at Barcelona worth £950k (£95k on transfer list)
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      Out of Contract Players Under 30

      • Stephen Appiah – 28 year old DM/MC
      • Ebi Smolarek – 28 year old FC
      • Andy van der Meyde – 29 year old AMR/L
      • Julien Brellier – 27 year old DM/MC
      • Ze Rui – 26 year old AML
      • Abubakari Yakubu – 27 year old DRC/WBR/DM/MC
      • Vladimir Karytska – 30 year old AMRC
      • Camel Meriem – 29 year old AMRLC
      • Houssain Ouhsaine Ouichou – 29 year old AMLC/FC
      • Karim Bridji – 27 year old AMRC/FC
      • Andrea Capone – 28 year old AMLC
      • Rohan Ricketts – 26 year old AMRLC
      • Joe Keenan – 26 year old WBL/MLC
      • Jason Beardsley – 19 year old DR
      • Rudi Skacel – 29 year old D/AML
      • Seyfo Soley – 29 year old DC/DM/MC
      • Michael Nardiello - 20 year old ST
      • Danny Mathijssen - 26 year old D/WBL/DM/MC
      • Steve Olfers - 27 year old DC/DM/MC
      • Michael Mifsud - 28 year old ST
      • Tobias Linderoth - 30 year old DM/MC
      • Espen Johnson - 29 year old GK
      • Celestine Babayaro - 30 year old DL

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        Warning

        Exactly which players are available on a free transfer at the start of the game depends on which database you use. Sports Interactive have released two updates but you can still choose the one you want to use when you start up Football Manager 2010. In the latest release there are various updates to reflect real signings, for example Sol Campbell starts at Arsenal.

        The players listed below are the over 30's. Some of these guys had glittering careers and they'll be able to continue to cut it in the big leagues for at least another season. Some of them are on their last legs but can still do a job in the lower leagues.

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        Out of Contract Players Over 30

        • Lucien Mettomo – 32 year old DC
        • Roque Junior – 32 year old DC
        • Ali Elkhattabi – 32 year old ST
        • Brahim Hemdani – 31 year old SW/DC/DM/MC
        • Mario Silva – 32 year old DL
        • Cesar – 33 year old DC
        • Diego De Ascentis – 32 year old DM/MC
        • Theo Lucius – 32 year old D/WBR/DM/MC
        • Johann Vogel – 32 year old DM/MC
        • Djamel Belmadi – 33 tear old AMRC
        • Domenico Morfeo – 33 year old AMLC
        • Jorge Andrade – 31 year old SW/DC
        • Antoine Sibierski – 34 year old AM/FC
        • Khalilou Fadiga – 34 year old AMLC
        • Boudewijn Zenden – 32 year old MLC
        • Mark Viduka – 33 year old ST
        • Denilson – 31 year old AMLC/FC
        • Alessandro Frau – 32 year old AM/FC
        • Christian Vieri - 35 year old ST
        • Henri Camara - 32 year old ST
        • Kiko - 31 year old AM/FC
        • Sol Campbell - 34 year old DC
        • Ian Walker - 37 year old GK
        • Edgar Davids - 36 year old DM/MC
        • Carsten Jancker - 34 year old ST
        • Mario Silva - 32 year old DL
        • Salvatore Fresi - 36 year old SW/DC/DM/MC
        • David Clotet - 36 year old DC
        • Amaral - 36 year old DM/MC
        • Marcello Castellini - 36 year old DRC
        • Olivier Dacourt - 34 year old DM/MC
        • Marcus Allback - 36 year old ST
        • Patrick Suffo - 31 year old ST
        • Stelios Giannakopoulos - 34 year old AMRC
        • Bonaventure Kalou - 31 year old AMRC/FC
        • Rosen Kirilov - 36 year old DC
        • Kasey Wehrman - 31 year old DM/MC
        • Joseph-Desire Job - 31 year old AMRC/FC
        • Emerson - 33 year old DM/MC
        • Ivan Helguera - 34 year old SW/DC
        • Miguel Angel Angulo - 32 year old AMRC
        • Lauren - 32 year old DR

        If you have any suggestions for players to add then please post a comment.

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