Reading ban testimonials. Spare a thought for Graeme Murty

Ollie Irish

24th, November 2006


MurtyReading chairman John Madejski has announced that captain Graeme Murty (pictured) will not be given a testimonial even if he signs a new contract to take him into his tenth year at the club. The 32-year-old, who is currently mulling over a new deal, is out of contract in the summer after nine seasons with Reading.

Madejski has revealed that Murty’s loyalty will not be rewarded with a bumper payday. He said: "We don’t do testimonials any more. There is just no reason for them any more. In days gone by there was a reason for them because players were paid diddly squat. That is not the case now — they are paid an incredible amount of money."

As that wise old sage John Barnes pointed out during last night’s football coverage, surely a testimonial is about rewarding loyalty above anything else? And what if Mr Murty fancied turning the occasion into a charity event (a la Niall Quinn and others)? Madejski might like to have a bit of a re-think.

[Rob Parker]

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  1. bryn says:

    testimonials aren’t about the money any more, surely its a way of the club rewarding the player for loyalty and as a way for the fans to give the player a good send off?

  2. joe says:

    I’m sure Murty isn’t getting Michael Ballack’s rediculous 130,000 or 150,000 a week either and I’m also sure he wasn’t making much at all when the ten years began so pay up ya cheap bastard!!

  3. Rob P says:

    Spot on, fellas.

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