Triple M Cricket’s Callum Ferguson has opened up on his exit from Big Bash side Sydney Thunder — a moment that he said “blindsided” him.
CALLUM FERGUSON ON HIS SYDNEY THUNDER EXIT:
“I remember being told when I first moved across from the Melbourne Renegades, ‘we can’t wait to have you up, we’re really keen to have you come to the Thunder and not just be a player just finishing their career,” Ferg said on Dead Set Legends with Tom Rockliff, Cal Ferguson and Thomo.
“We want to see you become a Sydney Thunder person and player for the rest of your life… I thought I was gonna keep playing — as long as I was playing well — until the day I decided I was going to finish up.
“But that wasn’t the case for me. I was cut off a bit earlier than I thought I should have been, or what I believe was right.
“But it’s not always fairytale stories.”
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Ferg said that the process was almost as frustrating as the outcome.
“It was probably more the way it happened that disappointed me,” he said.
“I was told that they didn’t want to look at my contract until the end of the season, which, look, I understand that, but I was just really keen for some sort of indication so that I could make a decision one way or the other, whether to start looking at another club a bit earlier before the end of the season, or to just get my plans in order and start looking at what I wanted to do, whether I wanted to keep playing.
“To get the final decision basically a week and a half after, or two weeks after the season had actually finished… there was an embargo period starting the day after I was told I wasn’t gonna get a contract for the next year.
“So I wasn’t able to negotiate a contract with another team for another three, four months after that, so I had nowhere to go… it’s not always how you want it to pan out, things don’t always go the way that you think they should, and you have to wear a few knocks in a professional athlete’s career.”
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