lo36789 wrote: ↑
Sat May 15, 2021 9:33 am
I imagine it is being done for a reason...that is all. People can argue the toss over what they would prefer. I doubt the club is wanting to diminish the returns on BtB though, they will be doing everything possible to maximise them, based on data, based on evidence of what works.
I do think the detail of whether we did or did not offer an extension is quite a personal matter for a player, basically announces to the world whether they were wanted or not.
The reality is we probably didn't offer any of the players who left anything.
They likely told Armstrong that for x, y and z reason they would be moving elsewhere so wouldnt extend if an extension was offered. Had they not said that upfront we might have offered an extension but it became n/a. So what is our official statement "we did not offer the players an extension"...it's not false, but also is it particularly informative?
"I imagine it is being done for a reason" isn't sound business logic when you have a bunch of fans disengaged.
By that principle, nothing would ever improve, things would stay the same as the status-quo would be "done for a reason".
We will have offered some of those departed players a contract, and informing the fans of that would have made us feel more engaged. It wouldn't have changed the outcome, of course not, but it would have helped us feel a little less in the dark.
By the same principle, informing the fans that McMahon, Storey & Sousa have been offered new deals would also increase engagement levels. Again, it wouldn't change the outcome, but it would keep fans a little more informed.
By the same principle, announcing that our non-contracted players Holness and Hudson have departed instead of fans second guessing, would also help fans feel more engaged.
By also the same principle, the club announcing that club captain Will Hatfield is retained for this season would also have helped, instead of the second guessing of "did he sign for two years last season, or did he not".
And again, chucking player departure news at the footnote of a separate article also does not help.
These may sound like minor things, but they do have a culminative impact on engagement and that is critical when trying to raise £120k via BtB.