You’d think I’d me over the moon at this news, given how much I’ve spent this season singing his praises.
When in reality, all I find myself doing with this news is asking myself more questions when really I just wanted a lot of answers.
The club announced today, following on from the recent news of Josh Andrews and Tate Campbell signing their deals, that young midfielder Jack Concannon has signed a new deal at the club. But whereas Andrew’s signed a two-year deal with an additional one-year option, and Campbell’s is a 12-month deal with a one-year option, the wording of the Concannon announcement seems to indicate that he’s only signed a one-year deal, without the extension option.
And that’s the thing that worries me about the new deal.
As Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s character Art Howe put it in Moneyball “A 1-year contract says the same thing to a manager as it does to a player: There’s not a lot of faith there”. That means there’s not a lot of wiggle room when it comes to his future at the club.
Should Jack Concannon play more towards the end of the season?
I just hope that he is given ample opportunity to prove himself, because for the aforementioned players, they at least get the opportunity and benefit of being able to be sent out on loan somewhere to play and then come back to the club next summer and go again. But as things stand Concannon, who I have said many times before has great potential to do something with this club doesn’t get that leeway.
So hopefully the club will utilise him in a way that helps him take the next step in his career, rather than waste it and have a potentially prosperous career fall short before it even had a chance to get going.
What about you? What do you make of Concannon only getting a one-year deal whilst other players have been given more prosperous ones?