The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

MUCH is made of the high life en­joyed by the wealthy among the pro­fes­sional foot­balling ranks.

At the top end of the game, we hear of num­bers that blow your mind and cre­ate huge dis­tance be­tween the masses and the player. Long term con­tracts on weekly wages well into six fig­ures are truly an­other world.

How­ever, for many pro­fes­sional play­ers, there is a very dif­fer­ent story.The end of ev­ery sea­son leaves many play­ers out of con­tract, search- ing with un­cer­tainty for their next club.

They do not have money to fall back on, and worse, as the end of the sea­son comes, they know that an in­jury could prove hugely costly.

It is gen­uinely tough for lads in those sit­u­a­tions.

While the Press paints one pic­ture on a daily ba­sis, there are many who are in this much more dif­fi­cult boat.

They are tremen­dously ded­i­cated pro­fes­sion­als who fans know and love through­out the Leagues up and down the coun­try. They give their hearts and souls and put their bod­ies on the line even in th­ese dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances.

Re­spect and credit to them all. In the main, they de­serve it.

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