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Farewell to McGoldrick
at 16:16 25 Jun 2018

I'm surprised at the very low-key way in which David McGoldrick's departure was announced. Certainly in keeping with Hurst's approach, and it's not his issue because McG was never his player, but I think McG deserves better. Yes, the last few years have been frustrating with his injuries, and we all knew this day was coming (and may even be relieved to have his wages off the books), but he was a real star for us for a little while there. His lack of pace held him back (and—again—the injuries), but a real talent who gave us some great moments.

By the way, the decision by the club to reject the big offer from Leicester three years ago looks like a real fork-in-the-road moment. At the time, rejecting £8m (if that's what it was) seemed like a statement of intent by the club. But, knowing what we know now, it would have been good money. And McGoldrick, for all his virtues, would have been completely wrong for that Leicester team that won the title—they were all about speed, and he would have slowed them down. I expect it would have been a bad move for them and him (in football terms, anyway).

Regardless—thanks, David, for the happy memories. Good luck with whatever comes next.
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