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.