Date: 11th November 2016 at 10:52am
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I thought it was odd that Tom Barkhuizen`s name didn`t feature in the squad for Wednesday night`s game against Bradford. In my opinion,Tom is probably the best footballer at Morecambe currently and should be playing at a higher level. Seemingly, he might be very soon. Morecambe Football Club have released a statement saying it has decided to cancel Tom’s contract by mutual consent `with immediate effect’


The club doesn’t explain. So speculation is rife. The most likely explanations I have seen are:

1)It is possibly because Preston North End have seduced him and this was the way for them both to achieve him joining up with them.

2)Or – and possibly also – the late payment of October’s wages by Morecambe’s new owners means that Tom`s contract (and that of any other players and staff implicitly) is null and void as it has been broken by Morecambe AFC.

The club should have got a tidy sum for this lad: if the poor management by the new owners means that they haven`t, it does make you wonder what the club have let themselves in for…

Personally, I wish Tom well wherever he goes: from interviews I have seen of him, he strikes me as a lot brighter than the average footballer. Maybe that`s why he`s jumped ship now…