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Marlon Pack - Confirmed signed for Cardiff (Merged)


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3 minutes ago, Olé said:

But with that said, for me it's less about Pack's abilities and more about the players around him (i.e Brownhill) who will be forced to take more responsibility to lead and control the match now without their comfort blanket sitting in behind them. It certainly qualifies as bold and I am more excited than disappointed.

Yes. It's the shake up that was needed. I didn't want Marlon to leave necessarily but I couldn't see how all the new signings would affect the system with him still here. 

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I know people who will be crying in their cornflakes over this move...but take away the rose tinted glasses and sentimental reasons, we needed a shake up in his position.

Still a good player, but looked stale and not the player of a season ago, when the likes of Pep were purring about him.

Hope he finds his mojo again but not against us.

 

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I love Pack and will miss him but I can sort of see the thinking - his limitation is his pace so his positioning needs to be perfect to avoid being exposed in defence and he struggles to pass and move quickly around the press in possession.

On top of that, he needs time to play the long passes, with any great accuracy - again, Leeds didn't allow him to do that.

Other teams might not be so quick to close him down which will increase his value on the pitch. Also, I get the feeling we will miss his impact off the pitch.

Still, what's done is done. I can't say I wish him the best beyond staying injury free though!

 

Lastly, generally, I don't have that much of an issue with City reporting transfer fees as undisclosed - in this case though, I think City should probably admit to it (though, of course, Cardiff may want it to remain undisclosed). Pack is our longest serving player and (notwithstanding Bailey Wright) was our captain and the transfer was out of the blue, right at the end of the window. Since Webster left, any fee is unlikely to have any impact on how much we will be quoted for players going forward anyway.

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1 hour ago, SecretSam said:

And we paid how much - a few hundred?  Nice bit of business.  Still sorry to see him go.

£75k. A bargain. 

One of the best pieces of business we’ve ever done. 

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6 minutes ago, elhombrecito said:

Blimey. Colin's tracksuit bottoms get higher and higher every time I see him. He won't need a t-shirt soon if he carries on at this rate.

He'll be able to tuck his man boobs in them soon.

A man reaches a certain age where he must hang up the tracksuit and start wearing a suit if he is to maintain any dignity at all.

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15 minutes ago, elhombrecito said:

Blimey. Colin's tracksuit bottoms get higher and higher every time I see him. He won't need a t-shirt soon if he carries on at this rate.

With Mrs Doubtfire in the frame in this photo it makes this look like more some weird comedy promo than a transfer unveiling. Certainly doesn’t hurt as much as the photo of Bob did (the fee of £4m helps there as well mind!). 

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1 minute ago, RedSkin said:

That head tapping thing is actually starting to bother me now.

It almost like an act of subjugation you might want a captured prisoner to perform to demonstrate they are broken.  It's starting to look like humiliation.

It’s just weird.

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4 minutes ago, Merrick's Marvels said:

Let's hope so, although how many young players have they ever sold for money and so needed to think about inserting sell-on clauses...??

Indeed. Sure I read somewhere that he's now effectively their record sale.

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4 minutes ago, Westcountry Robins said:

£4m with £750k up front and a pay rise for Marlon. MA has had Tan Sri Vincent Tan over a barrel yet again!

Yes Gregor trying to cover his (OTIB’s) mistake on the fee by saying the £750k is the upfront money. Decent fee anyway and Cheltenham will be happy.

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Surprising sale at this stage , maybe January when the new players have had time to work with the squad and understand the approach, whatever that might be. As Pack was integral to the way we played last season, as was Webster, I am a little unsure what the plan is going to be without those two pivotal figures. 

Wishing Marlon the very best and thank you for a great stint at the club. 

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I've always liked Marlon and players like him. He's a bit like a fuel pump on a car. It just sits there and gets on with it's job. No one sees it unless they're looking really closely and it's not a part of the car people talk about or admire but, you can be sure if it's not running right then the car doesn't run either. 

And that was always the problem with Marlon, he was the type of player that got on with the job and when playing well was barely noticed. When he wasn't performing well or having an off game it became quite apparent. 

Time will tell if this is the right move for both club and player but I thank him for all the hard work in his years at the club and wish him all the best for the future (except when he's on the field against us of course) 

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