Well, that was the week that was. Philip Schofield came out as gay [I wasn’t exactly shocked by the “news”], Keith Richards reckons he’s given up smoking 60 Marlboro reds a day and North Norfolk District Council has refused to fly the Union Jack at its HQ for “Prince” Andrew’s birthday.
But amongst this outbreak of earth-shattering, groundbreaking journalism one little piece did catch my eye.
Archant’s Connor Southwell [once of this MFW parish] wrote:
Norwich City Under-23 duo Josh Coley and Ciaren Jones have left the club after their contracts were cancelled by mutual consent.
Now how exactly does this process work?
Have they been told they are not what NCFC currently requires and agreed to move on in order to further their individual careers rapido?
That seems very likely to be sure but it’s a funny old time for this issue to arise. Normally in these situations, people such as Josh and Ciaren are released at the end of a season so I’m struggling to assimilate how this might happen in February.
With new recruits such as Melvin Sitti in place and a rather large batch of fairly recent recruits to the under-23 squad such as Simon Power, Rocky Bushiri and Akin Famewo [the latter through the Academy] we are probably becoming a little overloaded in that respect and it makes sense to offload those who are perceived as “not going to make it”.
But the part I don’t understand is the use of the cliché by mutual consent. Surely that normally refers to a bust-up between player and management team, which I very much doubt has happened here.
These lads have professional contracts which, although not exceptionally remunerative, would certainly be more rewarding than doing a nine-to-five until they find another team. Maybe the Sam McCallums of the future? I very much hope so for both of them but still don’t truly understand why they agreed to be released.
Talking of the nine-to-five, it was great to see our Sam Byram down at The Nest attempting to lay bricks. I’ve tried it and know how difficult it is, so I hope Sam performed better than me. Course he did [unintentional pun] – he was mucking about for the camera. I guess.
There’s nothing worse than a weekend of City inaction as I’m sure we’d all agree.
I fear next season it will be Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday for much of the time, so we’ll only have two international breaks to be thoroughly bored by.
But I do feel for the likes of Josh and Ciaren. If you’re binned off in a mainstream job there’s always another one down the road but football is ostensibly different. Very few who have played professionally would not do everything they could to stay within the game.
If anybody knows exactly how under-23 contracts work please don’t be afraid to tell me.
And if Keef would care to share how he, of all people, ditched the fags I’d be delighted to hear from him too.