Tuesday 18th July.
Just as it starts to look as though we might actually be getting
a new face in the squad, one of last season's new faces will not
be playing any part in Town's next campaign. Despite having a further
2 years of his 3-year £1,000,000 contract remaining, George Donis
has left 'by mutual consent'.
A combination of injury and under performing means that most fans
will not be particularly sorry to see the feckless Greek go, and
it makes me wonder how true this national service call up story
was. Donis was a free transfer but earned over £6,000 a week, and
bearing in mind that he only made 13 starts and a further 12 on
the bench meant that he earned more than £13,000 each time he put
his boots on - nice work if you can get it. I realise that there
is a little more to life than money, but surely he could have stuck
it out for another couple years. Then again it should give the far
more popular and hard working Ben Thornley a look in. Bye-bye Georgie
boy we'll miss you - not!
At least we have made a signing today albeit a new physio, but
we must be thankful that someone sees the McAlpine as a suitable
place for employment. The replacement for John Dickens (AKA Dr.
Death) is Alex Moreno who lives in Denby Dale having spent five
years at Boundary Park, Oldham. Apparently he was so nervous and
excited about the job Steve Bruce felt that he had to offer him
the post. I just hope that the Town manager interviews me for my
next job application, because I would walk it if nervousness and
excitement were the main criteria for the position. Seemingly, he
has a young family with another on the way and is looking forward
to reducing his daily travelling time. Nice to know that he is joining
us for the right reasons.
Our American international trialist Gregg Berhalter, who only
managed 45 minutes of action against Livingston last night, has
flown to Miami to prepare for a World Cup qualifier in Costa Rica
on Sunday. He wouldn't have been able to play against Dunfermline
because of a cut above his eye that required stitches, but has been
invited to rejoin Town after his international call-up. Although
he is a USA International he holds an Irish passport, meaning that
if Town were to sign him he wouldn't need a work permit.