sandman Sounds like they were only doing what Gomes did with some of the players when he got here.
Interesting that the man who signed off on this "biggest contract of my career" is absent from this story.
I know it doesn't fit the HNA? narrative but could it be that Clement and Tevreden were trying to clean up Gourlay's mess and get an extremely average defensive midfielder who was on high wages off the books? Particularly as Moore seemed to suggest upper management were the ones stalling during his transfer/contract signing saga last summer.
Joey wasn't "Gourlay's mess" (as a signing) - Gourlay came in July 2017. Joey signed in summer of 2016. So his salary might have been high relative to Dutch 2nd division, but it wasn't a Gourlay salary. Most likely it was "decent Championship" salary - for a "decent Championship" player. And he earned that salary in the first season - it wasn't a poor signing.
Clearly Clement didn't rate him. Three possibilities that I can see
(1) he may have told BT to get him off the books and then went on holiday, and came back and found nothing had happened
(2) he was responsible for the late decision
(3) despite not particularly rating him he wanted to keep him as backup, and someone else (Tevreden? Gourlay / Falk?) decided that backup players should be shipped out, and made that decision late on.
Comparison with Gomes is silly. Gomes told players he didn't want them 8 days after joining the club, at the start of the transfer period. Clement had 6 weeks to decide who he wanted the following season, plus another 7 weeks after the end of the season, before pre-season started. Yet he didn't tell Joey till pre-season started. Whoever was responsible for that was not doing a good job there - either for the club OR for the player.