Sunderland have issued a statement on Jack Colbert’s move to Newcastle as a free agent, and they seem to be blaming Jack for moving at the end of his contract, so that it has Sunderland from getting back some of the investment they have made in the player – but that’s all old hat these days – and players have every right to see out their contracts at a club and then move on.
And its being done more regularly these days.
Jack Colback – in Sunderland colors
This is the statement that Sunderland have issued on Jack:
“Jack is a player we have nurtured and developed through our academy system since he was eight years old. We gave him the opportunity to become a professional footballer and are therefore extremely disappointed in the events that have led to his departure from the club.¨
“This wasn’t about money – the club agreed to all of the terms demanded of us during discussions, and we were always led to believe that Jack wanted to stay with us.¨
¨At his and his representatives’ request, final talks were put on hold until the club secured its top flight status. To our dismay however, we were subsequently never given the chance to negotiate with him to stay.¨
“For him to then leave the club that has supported him throughout his formative years in such a manner, with no chance for Sunderland to recover any of the significant investment that it has made in him as a player, has left a bitter taste.”
He simply wanted to play for his home town club - that seems to be what Jack wanted – and that should not come as a big shock or a big surprise.
And it’s any footballers right to see out his contract and move on as a free agent, and that argument Sunderland are making carries no water these days – contracts are contracts - and to move on as a free agent is not what it used to be in the 1990s – when it was very much frowned upon.
And your home town club is always special, and it would be the same if it was the other way around and we had a Sunderland-born player who wanted to move to the Black Cats.
There is something that happens when you are in your formative years and you support your home town club and go to the matches with your Dad – it gets into your DNA.
There’s a certain sting in that Sunderland statement, which to us is entirely uncalled for and also unprofessional.