Matty Longstaff has committed to donate £255 a week to the NHS. That’s 30% of his weekly pay packet (£850).
In the midst of the laying off of non-playing/coaching staff at the club, that and everything else that’s rotten with the current regime, this is a real touch of class – providing it’s all it appears to be.
A selfless act of charity for the NHS’s hard-working front-liners, or more cynically, is it a lad making a statement to a miserly owner – albeit to a possibly rapidly disappearing one – that he’s not all about the money as contract talks drag on?
Potentially a great asset, especially in doing what the current forward line seem to be shy in achieving, if the takeover doesn’t come to fruition, he will almost certainly be courted by clubs with more foresight.
Big bucks on the horizon so he might as well give it away now, or merely a genuine act of compassion of a caring lad? I’d prefer to think the latter…but…perhaps discussions have already taken place behind closed doors elsewhere.
Inconsistent some consider him to be, but when compared to his first team competition who do command stellar wages and still don’t deliver every game, wouldn’t it make sense to sign him up and let him blossom, then sell him on somewhere down the line if he doesn’t?