Blindside and dave32, you miss the point, really, with your posts. In ordinary 'civvy' life, I suppose most employees feel they don't owe their employers anything (apart from giving them a job, paid holidays/sick, training them in a trade or profession) as they give plenty back, by working hard and loyally doing their best. Notice, I alluded to loyalty. That is what is missing these days. And loyalty is a two-way street, of course.
My argument is not about all situations. If Goodey was to leave this summer, for instance, it's not the same as a young academy player going IMO. Goodey has successfully plied his trade at a number of clubs, which is why we approached him, as a fully-fledged professional rugby player. We paid him, he brought his skills. Deal done. Kvesic, and his generation, whilst also being paid, are having what naive skills they possess improved, and learning new ones through the club's coaching scheme. There is, rarely, any immediate benefit, as with any 'apprentice'.
The loyalty they may, or may not, owe is not for the club 'giving them a contract in the first place', but for the time and effort (yes, and money) put into shaping their skills. Surely, anyone investing in that way could reasonably expect some return when their efforts bear fruit. And yes, if the only way that can be realised is to get a transfer fee, then that's how it should be. I am only arguing this for a club's 'home-grown' players. A system which brings some return would encourage most clubs to invest in youth.