Every month the Secret Footballer gives KICK OFF inside insight into life as a professional soccer player, and this issue he divulges the ins and outs of transfers.
"At one of my former teams, I was so desperate to leave during the window, I didn't sleep properly, couldn't eat, I just wanted my agent to tell me he had arranged a move for me.
"There are times your agent won't even pick up – then you know very well that there's no good news.
"Then if you're actually lucky enough to get a new club, you have to start from scratch, learn about all the egos, check for who thinks he's the main guy, who talks a lot, who looks like they'll rat you out to management and the papers ..."
Read more from the Secret Footballer in the latest KICK OFF:
- How to avoid backstabbing teammates
- How to deal with new coaches who want to show who's boss
- Agents who take what they don't deserve