Writer: Mike G
Date:Wednesday September 25 2013
In sporting terms, the Oxford English dictionary defines a journeyman as someone who is reliable but not outstanding and who has worked for a number of employers.
It would be great if they were to prove me wrong but, by that definition, most of our beloved Argyle squad fall into that category.
But money is tight at PAFC - and free transfers who have been around the lower leagues are the norm nowadays. Yet, success is possible with this kind of player - look at Argyle teams of the past or the likes of Chesterfield now.
The club has employed many football journeymen over the years, including in the seasons where they achieved promotion.
So journeyman doesn't equate with 'poor' necessarily. But, the one thing that a journeyman must find difficult is to switch allegiance to his new club when it's his eighth or ninth.
For a footballer who has plied his trade at a number of clubs, it must be hard to become passionate about his new one overnight.
When you have been around a bit, you might be forgiven for forgetting whether you play for a City, a United or even an Argyle.
I guess that loyalty doesn't come in the package when a club signs a new player. Remember too that footballers, even at this level, have agents who are constantly pressing them to look out for number one.
Maybe Argyle's latest well travelled crew will gel soon but the Green Army's patience is being tested to the limit and you can't blame people for beginning to question the commitment of their team.
Most clubs that struggle for several seasons in a row, as Argyle have, lacked consistency and that will happen when not all of the team are putting their heart into it.
I guess this is where the passion and persuasive skills of the manager come in.
But there is one assured source of passion and loyalty within the club and that's its youngsters.
They have only been at Plymouth Argyle and are eager to play for their one and only club. They're champing at the bit.
So is it time for the best of these to be given more opportunity now? I'm not going to mention names but PAFC does have a very good production line of footballers - and maybe, for some of them, now is their time.
Date:Wednesday September 25 2013
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