For a player who was never afraid to take on a new opportunity, like I was, transfer deadline day was always a massive day in the calendar. I moved a lot in my career: sometimes if I didn’t fit into the system, sometimes if I wanted to smash the system from within, sometimes if I had a personal situation with the manager and on one occasion, when I had a personal situation with the manager’s wife that led to a personal situation with the manager and the manager’s two brothers behind the changing rooms at the training ground. Be it seeking pastures new, realising it is time to move on, being told you are surplus to requirements, or being beaten up and told to leave town tonight, sometimes in your career you can find yourself checking Sky Sports News every five minutes and hoping that Jim White has GOT NEWS OF A MASSIVE DEAL INVOLVING RONNIE MATTHEWS.
For a while it seemed like hardly a transfer window went past without me being either bought or sold by Harry Redknapp and still to this day if I see Harry sticking that big old face through his car window to talk to a reporter I get an involuntary twitch in the wallet region. To anyone that never got their dream move this weekend I will just say: stay focused, chin up, keep doing the simple things well and start really making an effort come December time to hopefully put yourself in the shop window for January.