As we are the club that have signed Pete, I can understand why DUFC are not happy to have learned that a player can release themself without the club being advised directly by the player in the first instance however the league registration secretary (valdas) has acted upon the information he has been told and has followed the procedures he has been told by the SAFA therefore nothing has been done incorrectly.
When Pete contacted me asking if he could be involved with us, all questions were asked. I suggested to Pete that he contacts DUFC to ask to get released but also made him aware that he no longer needed to do that and could ask the league directly.
Having spoke to Pete at our game on Sunday, he made it clear it was a very difficult decision in deciding to leave, having being involved with DUFC for many years and he did not take the decision lightly but felt it was the right time for him to make a move.
Personally, I think as he had made his mind up on wanting to join us and having come to take the decision to move club that he felt very awkward in being able to discuss how he felt directly with DUFC therefore took an easier decision to contact the league instead and although I would prefer for any player looking to move on to contact me directly, if they go down this route then so be it.
Therefore, the process started and it took 4 days (not 24 hours as suggested).
I can understand DUFC’s annoyance at being told this way however the fact is going forward, this can now happen to any club.
The way I see it is that if a player wants to play for another team I would release them straight away anyway as they clearly want to be playing elsewhere and I wouldn’t look to hold them back even if it leaves a bit of a bitter taste.