WoodsyGreen wrote: Tell that to Fadz's girlfriend and Sarce's family.
I agree with that.
However it annoys the hell out of me. It is akin to women who marry members of the RN and then moan that he's always away!
Why get tied up to a footballer or a member of the armed services without thinking that they need to move to work? It goes with the territory FFS!
But if all of the armed forces had their choice of 92 potential bases in the England and Wales, and dozens more in Scotland...
How many lads from Liverpool, Birmingham, Glasgow or London would choose
to go to East Anglia, Cumbria or Devon? The players discover Plymouth by accident, it isn't their reason for coming. The money and the contract offer is.
The majority of football players have girlfriends who they met they were teenagers or early twenties coming through at a club. Their roots are in the same mutual place: parents, grandparents, friends, favourite nightclubs, shops and restaurants.
We might think Plymouth is a great place to live, but we aren't living in a one or two bedroom flat with our family, friends, sometimes partner and children hundreds of miles away. If the choice comes in from an employer 20-50 miles away or less, after 12 months or more being away and alone it is going to be very tempting.
I don't really see how the situation with the armed forces is comparable. They aren't often given the choice, and their role and location is a bit more urgent than kicking a bag of air around to a few thousand spectators. If the country is at war, our helicopter and fighter pilots need to be in Afghanistan or Iraq, not choosing between Plymouth and a number of potential contract offers from the Lancashire and Yorkshire area doing exactly the same job for various salaries and bonuses.