The OS has finally confirmed the sale of Mark Hudson to Cardiff City for £1,075,000 with a possible £250,000 additional payment if Cardiff reach the PL with him in the side. There is also a sell-on clause which will be well received by Addicks fans with longer memories than most.
This represents good business in my view and an acceptable price for a 27 year old centre half of Mark's experience and ability. Some will be surprised by the valuation but I am not. Hudson had a jittery start on his arrival from Palace and he will not look back on his season with the Addicks with over-fondness. He struggled as part of the defence to find any consistency until it was too late but, for me, he was one of the better performers in the side last year and I would like to have seen us hold on to him had we still been competing in the Championship.
The OS also began a strip tease yesterday, revealing part of the new home shirt. Someone with a Marketing qualification will have told them to use this ploy to excite interest and increase desire amongst Addicks fans to want to purchase the new shirt. Deary me, it's a red football shirt at the end of the day and we are all grown up enough to make our own minds up once we've seen the bloody thing. From the snapshot yesterday it looks a deeper red than is traditional, although more to my liking that some of the more garish reds of recent years.
In SW19, the Great Scot strolled into the semi-finals and must seriously be considering a final appearance against Federer, a man he has beaten four times in-a-row. My bet's looking home and dry....