Date:Wednesday August 1 2007
There is news emanating from Blackburn Rovers FC that the club is to offer new contracts to Morton Gamst Pedersen and David Bentley whilst an interesting snippet of information has eeked out regarding Benni McCarthy's current contract.
The Daily Mail Online has reported that the club are to offer new, improved contracts to the clubs outstanding performers over the last 2 seasons in an effort to keep them at Rovers for the foreseeable future.
The concerning point raised by the article comes with regard to McCarthy and his 'reluctance' to sign a new contract as he still hopes, apparently, to join a Champions League team, whether it be this season or next.
The worrying aspect reported about his contract is, if it indeed accurate, that if a new deal is not brokered and agreed before the end of the season, McCarthy can leave for an agreed fee of £5 million.
Whilst the club and most Rovers fans, even in their wildest dreams, could not have imagined the scale of the impact that Benni would have had on the Premiership last season, it seems that if this is true, we are, once again, set to lose our most potent attacking threat and more frustratingly, for what seems, in retrospect, a bargain fee.
To put it into perspective, Marlon Harewood, with all his European and International experience and lethal scoring boots (/sarcasm) left West Ham for pastures new in the Midlands for the same princely sum that McCarthy could hypothetically leave for next season.
All in all, we need Benni to sign a new contract, even if it stretches the wage budget a little if for no other reason than Rovers are allowed to remove this ridiculous clause and receive a fair market value for his, should he indeed decide to relocate next summer, although signing a new contract AND actually honouring it would be even better
Rovers helped Benni out with his 'dream move' it seems only fair that he reciprocates.
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Date:Wednesday August 1 2007
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