This is a very rare moment for Right in the Gary Kelly’s but let’s start this off with a quick fire question. What do Jermaine Beckford, Aidan White, Bradley Johnson, Adam Clayton and Ross McCormack have in common? Ok you have probably now guessed that they have all rejected new deals from the club’s hierarchy in the past three years.
Many of us woke up this morning to hear the news that Ross McCormack and his representatives have rejected a new ‘improved’ contract offer. Ross’s career at Elland Road didn’t exactly start off with a bang and he found first team opportunities limited in his first season (2010/2011). During his first assault on the Championship, manager Simon Grayson preferred to use one striker, switching between Becchio and Somma to create a strike duo that impressively notched up 30 goals between them.
Roll on to this season and the little Scot has taken his opportunity with both hands and led the line with 18 goals, making him the club’s top scorer for the 2011/2012 season.
I can fully understand his decision to reject the club’s new offer. Warnock has suggested numerous times that he sees Ross as more of an impact player next season, coming off the bench and changing the outcomes of games in a super-sub role reminiscent of Max Gradel’s early spell at the club. I therefore think many of us would understand why he isn’t keen on accepting the club’s offer; after having his best season in front of goal it would seem like a backward step for a striker heading towards his peak years as a professional. In a similar vain to Adam Clayton, speculation of Premier League interest throughout the season may also have seen his head turn a little.
Time will tell what influence this decision has on fellow Scot Robert Snodgrass. After questioning the club’s lack of ambition, seeing the club’s top scorer leave may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back
Reporter Matthew Mckeith