Why pre-contract signings can't be trusted


Edwin Gyimah explains why players who have signed pre-contracts such as George Maluleka and others at Black Leopards destabilise their current teams.

Makuleka's pre-contract signing with Mamelodi Sundowns sparked many debates about whether Kaizer Chiefs should continue playing the midfielder when his mind is somewhere else.

READ: What's going through Maluleka's mind

Leopards star Lesedi Kapinga is also rumoured to have signed a pre-contract or at least agreed verbally to join Sundowns next season, which is yet to be confirmed.

READ: Kapinga offered contract extension

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There are many stories of clubs freezing out players once they have signed for other teams, and Gyimah believes it is the only thing that really makes sense for the clubs.

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"When it comes to players who have signed pre-contracts it sometimes also affects a team depending on the situation the team is in," the Ghanaian tells KickOff.com.

"Especially us in the relegation, in the bottom of the league, it really affects us because those players who have already signed pre-contracts were playing a key role in the team."

Lidoda Duvha are also dealing with somewhat of a player exodus at the moment as several top players bang on the exit door, with Cuthbert Malajila and Thuso Phala already gone.

READ: Top players clamour for Leopards exit

"It's really, really painful because of where we are in this situation... because the kind of players that we've lost at this moment is a big blow for us," Gyimah admits.

"You can't really rely sometimes on a player who has already signed a pre-contract [elsewhere]. The club bosses and the chairmen also realise that as much as they are doing business, they can see that if a player signs a pre-contract he no longer has love for the team anymore. He's already thinking about his next move.

"There are so many occasions whereby many players signs pre-contracts and all of a sudden they are not playing anymore. Sometimes you wouldn't blame the clubs. You wouldn't blame the player also. It comes from both parties.

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"The club needs players that are fully committed, because a player who has already signed a pre-contract with a different club doesn't really have love for the team that he is with now because he is already thinking about his next generation.

"He is already thinking about how that club he has signed for is operating. He is already following the process or the progress of that club he has signed for.

"Signing a pre-contract is like an emergency call. When it comes to the players' side, sometimes we the players also portray a certain kind of character or attitude in training that also makes the team not want to play us.

"So for them leaving us, it's a big blow, seriously. Yet by keeping those players, there can never be trust."

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