The Not So Secret Footballer #4: A verbal agreement
Last time out, former Oxford United player Jack Midson spoke about his busy week of meetings with clubs and managers. It seems to have been a successful few days and Jack is now getting ever closer to signing for a new club. In his latest column, Jack tells as much as he can at this stage about negotiations.
In this article, I feel I can start being a bit more direct and informative without giving too much away too early.
A manager from a club in the Conference came to meet me and it was a very positive chat. This just showed how committed the club are to gaining my signature and shows what sort of person he is, which means a lot about respect and commitment in my eyes. A lot of managers say similar things about where they are looking to take their clubs short term and long term, but he is really looking to do the right things in the right way. He was very honest about the club as a whole, as well as financially, and is looking to do everything in his power to get me at this football club. He is going about things in the right way and I’m positive the club will have a successful future.
It is hard for some football clubs with lower budgets to get the right mix of players that will help them to be successful. Each manager must know that the players have come to the club for the right footballing reasons, even if the budget is low.
Clubs will push their budgets to the max to cater for the players they want and although some have salary caps that might be low, they can offer other perks which help like goal bonuses, win bonuses, appearance fees, relocation fees and signing-on fees. And although a lot of clubs don’t offer these bonuses, it does help when competing with other clubs to sign a player.
As I said in my previous article, meetings this week will be pivotal for my future. This has been the case and without giving too much away too soon, I have verbally agreed something with a club. After working hard to gain promotion from the Conference, it was my ambition to stay in the Football League and I think this is likely to be the case.
Football is a crazy but enjoyable occupation to be in and this became even more evident when I could feel my phone vibrating in my pocket whilst in a meeting with a club. It turned out to be a manager ringing whilst on holiday trying to get me at his club and I also received random emails of contract offers this week.
This interest is always flattering. You want to wait and avoid rushing into something if other offers are coming in. But for peace of mind, to gain some security and if you’re made an offer that you can’t refuse, then I like to get sorted pretty quickly after the season has finished. I am a loyal person and if I agree something I stick to my word. This is going to be the case this time around.
The meetings this week proved to be successful as hoped and my next club will be common knowledge when I get back from holiday. So as you read this, I will be away relaxing and confirming final negotiations before signing a new contract in two weeks’ time. Everyone will have to wait that long for my new article, which I will be slowly preparing whilst away.
Free agent news
Still no confirmation on the futures of Coventry’s Aron Gunnarsson or Keiren Westwood, although it has been widely reported that Marlon King has verbally agreed a new contract at the Ricoh Arena. This may even have already been announced by the time this article is published.
35-year-old former Chelsea defender Michael Duberry has signed for Oxford United following his departure from St Johnstone at the end of last season.
Billy Jones leaves the Football League for the top flight, moving from Preston North End to Roy Hodgson’s West Bromwich Albion, while former Exeter full-back Joe Heath has joined Hereford United and Youl Mawene has snubbed Football League interest to sign for SPL side Aberdeen.
Inspired in part by The Guardian’s The Secret Footballer series.