All players get nervous round about contract time. Below are some facts and figures about contracts, transfers and some of the effects negotiations may have on players anxiously waiting to find out their future.

Facts about Football Contracts and Transfers

  • Players can move an unlimited number times in their careers. Negotiation and contract renewal can be extremely stressful
  • Premier League players might move 1-2 times in a 3-5 year period. Top players will be offered 3-4 year contracts,
  • 1 year contracts are common-place in the lower leagues resulting in annual contractual negotiations.

Contracts and Stress

  • If contracts are not renewed players are free to be picked up by another club. This is stressful for players and their families as they could be moved anywhere
  • Older players may feel more stressed around contract time and there is more pressure on them to keep their performance levels up.
  • Contract stress highlights the basic insecurity of the job, a couple of weak games and you are more at risk.
  • You may feel a huge weight of responsibility at this time but one that’s difficult to talk about to family or colleagues
  • A renewed contract means you are safe this time around, you are wanted and your contract protects you if you  get injured, and
  • If a contract is not renewed then a player’s life and that of his partner and family are turned upside down often with financial concerns.

“I was happiest between the ages of sixteen and eighteen when football had not yet become a job but was something I did for fun and had no worries.”

Paul Gascoigne, former England midfielder.

Some Facts about Stress

  • Some stress is good for you. Stress produces the fight or flight mechanism that makes you run, score goals or react to stop them.
  • Long periods of living under stress can lead to anxiety and to depression as well as physical conditions such as heart diseases and headaches.
  • Half a million people in the UK experience work-related stress at a level they believe is making them ill.
  • 12 million adults see their GP with mental health problems each year. Some of these problems originate with simple stress.
  • Work related stress, depression and anxiety are the most common cause of days off work.
  • Stress can lead to more serious problems such as depression and panic attacks.
  • Stress, anxiety and depression often go together.