Money talks in professional football - but it can't buy success
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Torquay United fans who have thought fit to slam ex-Gulls players Kyle Cameron, Ben Whitfield and Aaron Nemane for their moves to rival clubs might think again after the 'biggest' transfer of the National League summer.
Gulls supporters are understandably still frustrated after that traumatic play-off final 'defeat', but some of the criticism of Cameron, who joined Notts County, bordered on the vitriolic.
Whitfield (Stockport County) and Nemane, who also headed for Notts last week, have come in for similar stick.
But if the Plainmoor faithful are dismayed, imagine how Cambridge United fans feel after Paul Mullin signed a three-year deal with Wrexham.
Mullin hit 34 goals in 50 games last season. Cambridge were promoted from League Two to League One.
He was named League Two Player Of The Year after breaking the divisional scoring record. Oh, and the U's even renamed a stand after him!
But money talks in professional football - always has done and always will.
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Mullin, 26, said he fell for Wrexham after an energising call from Rob McElhenney, one of the club's new Hollywood actor owners. Good for him.
Cambridge manager Mark Bonner said: "I'm sure everyone was surprised, but I'm not. He's got an outstanding contract there, which is brilliant for him and his family."
In other words, National League Wrexham offered Mullin more money than Cambridge could afford TWO divisions higher.
Over the last six months Stockport have also bought strikers Paddy Madden from Fleetwood Town (League One) and Scott Quigley from Barrow (League Two), with eyebrow-raising long-term contracts to match.
Pro football has always been full of uncertainty, with precious little 'loyalty' from any direction when push comes to shove.
But Stockport didn't make the play-off final last season.
And neither Sutton United nor Barrow, NL champions in the last two years, had the biggest budgets by a long way.
Money might talk, but it doesn't always buy success...