And just like that, Jason Davidson is gone. A key cog in the purple machine has now been sold off to K1 Giants Ulsan Hyundai, the bane of Australian teams in seasons past.
A substantial transfer fee is all that remains of the jet-heeled fullback.
Yet, despite all that, Perth should be commended for their decision. Football history is littered with examples of unhappy players poisoning the dressing room. No player is bigger than the team, and it is much better to sell on a player for a considerable fee than lose him on a free after a couple of low effort seasons.
To be sure, there are critics of this policy. No ambition, they claim. Small club mentality, they complain.
How can we sell one of our best players?
As far as I am concerned, that kind of talk is utter and complete garbage.
Such a short-sighted policy might reap short-term benefits but would be detrimental for a club’s long-term future.
Think about it. Which quality player would be willing to come to the a league knowing that they would be tied down and shackled as soon as they arrive? They would be stuck at the club, unable to move on to pastures new.
This is not how modern football works and it is not how modern footballers think.
It is much better to have a flexible policy that would encourage quality players to come to the league where they would be secure in the knowledge that they would be able to move on when circumstances call for it.
These players would also spread the good reputation of the a league to their compatriots, allowing the recruitment of a higher class of players.
So well done, Glory, for selling Davidson. All the best to Jason – enjoy your Korean sojourn!