No loy­alty in sport


WITH trade pe­riod in full swing, for both the AFL and NRL, the ar­gu­ment about loy­alty has once again reared its ugly head.

There seems to be some­thing al­most ro­man­tic about re­flect­ing on ath­letes who spend their en­tire ca­reer with one club.

But it is time to face facts.

Loy­alty is no longer rel­e­vant in sport.

Sport is now a cor­po­rate busi­ness and ath­letes are just like any other em­ployee in the work­force.

Head­hunt­ing is an ex­tremely com­mon prac­tice in among many cor­po­rate busi­nesses so why should it not be in sport?

If a player is good enough to be of­fered more money to do the same job at a ri­val club why should they not take it?

Why should any­one not take an op­por­tu­nity to ad­vance their ca­reer and, yes, that also means their bank ac­count?

If they want to move clubs, that is their pre­rog­a­tive.

It does not make them a bad per­son or even dis­loyal.

The ca­reer of a pro­fes­sional ath­lete is short and play­ers need to do ev­ery­thing they can to set them­selves up for life af­ter sport.

The re­al­ity is at the end of the day play­ers do not re­ally owe the clubs any­thing.

Sure the idea kills that lit­tle bit of nostal­gia we all hold for the old days but it is the re­al­ity in this cor­po­rate age of sport.

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