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loyality to club or fame and fortune.

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 2:20 pm
by Vanhelsing
Young Rugby players starting Pro Rugby,members of the forum what are your thoughts,loyality to your first club as a Pro and then go for the big pay days and fame and fortune in a new club, or stay with your first pro club?

Re: loyality to club or fame and fortune.

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 3:12 pm
by justinr73
Life is a bit more complicated than that.

Even Preston North End legend Sir Tom Finney was tempted by a big-money move to Italy back in the day but PNE told him to forget about it.

You'd like to think that someone like Hendy (as a reasonably well-paid international with a settled family life and a faint sniff of actually winning something) would stick around at Ulster in the Rory Best mould, but many players don't have those luxuries.

Re: loyality to club or fame and fortune.

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 4:39 pm
by big mervyn
Difficult to expect loyalty in the pro game when club and country will invariably give little or none in return.

Re: loyality to club or fame and fortune.

Posted: Tue Nov 12, 2019 8:21 pm
by solidarity
big mervyn wrote:
Tue Nov 12, 2019 4:39 pm
Difficult to expect loyalty in the pro game when club and country will invariably give little or none in return.
If rugby is going the way of football, there will be no such thing as club loyalty among players. Hopefully it will be a while before we get there. In professional sport the only people with club loyalty is among fans.

Re: loyality to club or fame and fortune.

Posted: Fri Jun 18, 2021 12:50 pm
by nonplussed
Its a job after all, and after time most of us fancy a change, moving to a better company with better prospects and remuneration. Pro sports people are exactly the same. The pro clubs couldn't spell loyalty so its unfair to expect the same from players who's career is short.

Also, some players like Ian Whitten, Tommy Seymour, Callum Patterson et al could've sat around knowing opportunities were going to be limited, but decided to push themselves and move on. Whitten is a serial trophy winner, Seymour a Lion and Callum has cult status with the Pirates and getting regular game time and to a man have all done the right thing.