Birmingham City announced which members of their development squad have been offered contracts, and there was one notable omission from the list.
Kyle McFarlane has scored 11 goals for the City Richard Beale’s under-23 side this term, following up his top-scoring season last year.
Considered one of the best prospects in the youth’s development squad, it is difficult to understand why he is being allowed to leave.
Adding the fact that City are under a transfer embargo, and in the process of waiting to hear about probable further punishment for breaching the Financial Fair Play rules, and the decision seems even more baffling.
The club’s announcement had fans immediately wondering why he is being released, and it seems a legitimate question.
McFarlane had a short spell on loan at Barrow in the National League, but only managed one game for the Cumbrian side, returning to St Andrews in February.
One fan shared our surprise, with a Tweet minutes after the announcement was made:
In a period where we can’t sign players, will lose Che in the summer, we decide not to give a contract to the striker that’s been top GS the last 2 decisions!? Absolutely terrible.
— Josh Clarke (@JClarke66) March 21, 2019
Aside from McFarlane’s release, a number of youngsters were handed deals, with defensive trio Geraldo Bajrami, Joe Redmond and Remeao Hutton, along with attacker Odin Bailey, being handed two year contracts.
While goalkeepers Adam Siviter and Jake Weaver, as well as winger Olly McCoy all given one year deals.
But McFarlane not being among them is the main talking point, and could be a decision the club will live to regret.
What do you think City fans? Are you surprised that the promising youn forward is being let go? Let us know your thoughts…
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