It's sad to see one of our star youth products departing the club under such circumstances but needs must when the devil drives etc. We can't complain too much if we live to regret this. Matt Holland's situation is also disappointing but presumably the differential in wages from what he was on to the new offer is too great for him to accept and he has to look around and see if there's a better offer. It would be easy to take the view that Matt has been earning a good screw for a number of years and that he owes us some loyalty, but the bottom line is the offer available might be derisory given affordability and League One football.
More questions and potential bile for Richard Murray and Derek Chappell to deal with then on Thursday. I suspect they will want to hang on to Shelvey, Bailey and Racon until next week at least!