The news today that Willo Flood has had his DAFC contract terminated to allow him to take up an offer to play in Bali, leaves the player and the club in a bad light. There are more clauses in football contracts than at a Santa convention but this one, which was - of course - not revealed when Flood signed for Dunfermline 9 days ago has created a farce of high proportions. There is not even so much as a penny of financial recompense to cover the embarrassment (I stand corrected if this comes to light).
I was behind the signing of the player, although reaction across much of the fanbase was mixed. I saw positives in his joining the club, and no doubt the same reasons will be why Dunfermline decided to take a chance on him committing to the club while his agent was busy arranging a deal - a move to a foreign club that was Flood's wish all along. This is not conjecture - it was confirmed in the statement that he was seeking a move abroad and that he would be allowed to do so if the opportunity arose.
As part of the announcement today, the club stated that they have first option on Flood should he decide to return to Scotland. We should not be entertaining any thought of giving him an outlet should he decide Bali isn't for him. Let's move on and sign a player who actually wants to commit to the club.