Here’s MIKE PEJIC’S take on a transfer saga which has reared its head again this week…
“I see many Stoke fans are turning their nose up at the possibility of signing Chris Brunt because he’s 35.
But for me, age shouldn’t matter too much, we shouldn’t be blinded by it, just look at Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
As long as an athlete still has the desire to not only play, but to learn as well, then he’s worth looking at.
Chris Brunt is the latest high-profile name to be linked with Stoke City this summer.
The connections are obvious after serving City boss Michael O’Neill so royally with Northern Ireland.
And it is barely four months since O’Neill tried to prise him out of West Bromwich Albion at the end of the January transfer window.
O’Neill clearly remains a big fan and Brunt would be free as he is running out of contract at West Brom.
But at 35, there will be those raising an eyebrow at his signing, even on a relatively short-term deal.
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You’ve still got the fitness at that age if you’ve looked after yourself properly, which Brunt appears to have done, and you also have all the knowledge about yourself and the game from all those years of experience.
If he came, he would add balance with that left foot, plus an ability to provide a steadiness and ability to distribute.
And let’s not forget, if you are still looking at his age, we would surely only be talking about a one-year contract anyway.
Ultimately, it comes down to the manager knowing the player he wants to sign and Michael O’Neill should know Brunt inside out from their time together with Northern Ireland.
He tried to sign him at the end of January and I wouldn’t have thought much would have changed in the four or five months since.
The club has to trust a manager’s judgement in the transfer market, so if O’Neill does really want him…”