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  • dsteer_lfc_68 dsteer_lfc_68 Jan 18, 2013 22:57 Flag

    Player Loyalty to Clubs Going Forward..

    Jason, I agree with much of what Robert is saying here, and trust me it’s not a new thing, or at least has been going on for as long as I've followed football since the late 70's.

    While I do admire Cavani's sentiment, and those few players who do stay with one club for a long time if not their entire career they are the exception, and sometimes its only because they were able one way or another to be at the right club from an early age.

    Giggs, Scholes, our own Gerrard and Carra, or Chelsea's Terry have had no real reason to move on, so admire them for loyalty but it’s really not been that difficult for them (other than a little temptation for Stevie’s signature). They were at the club they joined either as kids or when very young, and that club has always met their needs be they financial or footballing in nature. But what of a kid who did his trials at a smaller club because the big boys or the club he supported were not interested in him when he was 13 or 14 years old. Is he being disloyal if he outgrows the club that trained him as a youth player? That scenario has played out for as long as I can remember. A good friend of mine, who was a die in the wool Liverpool supporter, was offered trials by Villa when he was 14. Now should he have turned them down and give up on his dream of being a footballer just because they were the only major club to scout him?

    There may be more transfers now, but I don't think many more, players have always moved between clubs. But in fact in the past a club had more power to keep players against their wishes or force them to move before the bosman rules came into effect. If you look at the squads of most clubs in the 70s and 80s they might have had a core of local players, but also a fair few they bought in from outside. Many of our own legends would have been considered mercenaries by the fans of the clubs where they did their apprenticeships, and the fact so many of them stayed as LFC for so long once they arrived was more to do with the fact that back then leaving only meant going downhill in your career, and few want to do that.

    If in fact there is more movement of players now it’s most likely down to the fact players have more choices, and there is always a bigger club or a bigger challenge out there unlike in the past. Keegan was one of the first to move abroad to challenge himself at Hamburg, but today most leagues have players from all over the world, and each league has a certain appeal. So I admire a Scholes or Gerrard who decided to be one club men as much as a Beckham who wanted to challenge himself in Spain and Italy and also convert Americans to real football.

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    • DAVE...Keegan didnt move "to challenge himself" ...back then he was known in his BRUT commercial days wit ENERY COOPER Splash it on all over ! as Kevin "Anything for money" Keegan...I can assure u the only reason he moved to Hamburg was Moolah Long Green Mr Green C...A...S...H !!!