Date:Friday August 10 2012
Michael Kightly has made an emotional farewell at Wolves, breaking the mould following his move to Stoke.
When a player usually makes a move between clubs his first port of call is to his new side, after all, they are now his employers, they are the ones paying him, they are the ones he has to work and they are the ones he has to get on with on a daily basis.
A player then usually tries to get his new fans onside, telling them how great it is to join such a great club and play for such passionate and knowledgeable fans etc etc.
It's usually so predictable that it wouldn't surprise me if players are handed a guidebook with some special quotes that they have to shoehorn into their interviews.
But Kightly has not stuck to the script as he has thanked Wolverhampton Wanderers and spoken about how hard it was to leave. He still threw in some positives and reasons behind the move, but the bias was towards his old club rather than his new club.
"I`m genuinely gutted to be leaving Wolves where I`ve had so many good times, While I`m delighted to be staying in the Premier League, it was always going to be a really difficult decision to leave. Wolves gave me my opportunity at this level and I`ll always be indebted to them. I just felt I needed a fresh challenge and go down a different path." he told the Express & Star.
Kightly also addressed the fans, with the 26-year-old explaining that he understood the frustration that some fans will have but ultimately hoping that he will be remembered fondly.
He continued: "I`ll be criticised by some fans and there is the opinion that the club stuck by me through my injury problems and now I`m leaving, I understand those views, and I may never be able to change them, but I also hope fans would remember me as a player who gave absolutely everything I could for Wolves every time I wore the shirt.
"I always had a great relationship with the fans, and I hope in time they`ll remember all the good things that happened at the club while I was there. I`d like to wish Wolves every success and I hope they can have a good season and get back to the Premier League."
Vital Wolves Comment: While disappointed he has gone, I won't be joining the group of labelling him a Judas. His desire to move is understandable following relegation, but this interview showed a bit of class.
I wish we could have tied him down to a longer contract sooner so perhaps we could have held on to him, but ultimately I'll wish him well.
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Date:Friday August 10 2012
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