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The transfer season seems to be truly upon us. Demarai Gray’s long-rumoured transfer away from the club has finally come to fruition; Reece Brown is on trial at West Ham seemingly much to the consternation of many fans and now David Cotterill is being linked with a move away to Brighton and Hove Albion.
While I think the Dimmy news went down about as well as could be expected, it appears there have been a collective meltdown from various fans about the prospects of Brown being allowed to look for another club while the emerging news about the prospect of another player with a release clause has caused the amount of apoplexy I’d expect on social media.
As always, I can only tell you what I think and what I’ve heard and ask you, the reader, to make up your mind for yourselves.
With respect to Brown I’m much more circumspect than others. There has been rumblings about his application for a long, long time and Gary Rowett has addressed it from time to time saying that Brown needed to show the right application to get into the team. It would appear that those warnings have not been heeded and Brown now finds himself searching for another club to continue what should be a promising career.
I’m not going to deny it’s a sad and frustrating situation; sad because it appears a talent is being wasted and frustrating because like most people I wish more could be done to stop that from being wasted. Unfortunately, as much as help can be offered a player has to be willing to accept that and if all that help and advice is ignored then there is nothing that can be done. As I said on Twitter and Facebook, Thomas Edison’s quote springs to mind: “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration”.
From speaking to people (unconnected with the club I have to add) who know the situation intimately it does appear Reece is at the point of no return where his career is concerned; either he knuckles down and makes something of it or he follows his current path and finds himself becoming another “what could have been”. It does appear he’s completely burned his bridges at St Andrew’s – and with tribunals only coming into play if Blues offer him a new deal equal to or more than what is he on already then I can’t see us getting a fee for him either as I very much doubt that deal would be forthcoming.
It appears it’s silly season in the newspapers too. David Cotterill has been linked with a £1M move to Brighton with Mail reporter Joe Bernstein claiming that there is a release clause in place. I’m not sure whether this is reported because Cotterill signed a new deal around the same time as Dimmy and thus it’s been assumed there is a release clause; all I can say is that from the conversations I’ve had with my own contacts I’m assured that there are no release clauses in Cotterill’s contract – or any one else’s for that matter. Whether that will transpire to be true or not only time will tell.