Chris Brunt has admitted that the manner of his Sheffield Wednesday exit ‘annoyed’ him in a revealing interview with the Sheffield Star.
The 36-year-old has recently retired from football after leaving Bristol City at the end of last term, bringing an end to a hugely successful career in the English game.
Brunt got his first real break after leaving Middlesbrough for Sheffield Wednesdsy where he spent more than three years before moving on to join West Bromwich Albion – a club where he 421 appearances over 13 years.
His move to the Hawthorns cost around £3million but left a bitter taste in Brunt’s mouth due to the supposed lack of transparency from the Sheffield Wednesday decision-makers.
Speaking to the Sheffield Star, Brunt said: “At the time it annoyed me.
“It felt like everything was against me, but I could see why the club were trying to do it, they were obviously throwing me under the bus a wee bit but they were trying to get as much money for me as they possibly could.
“At the end of the day, that’s their job, to do that for the football club.
“The thing is, they never came and told me that I was for sale or that they were driving the price up. That annoyed me at the time, but it’s water under the bridge.
“When you look back, Sheffield Wednesday got good money for somebody who had come for nothing and I was lucky enough to go on and play in the Premier League with West Brom. I don’t think anybody holds any grudges now.”
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It’s always interesting to hear a player’s view on historic transfers.
Chris Brunt was a model professional during his playing career and that’s why he managed to be such a sustained success over the course of his time with Sheffield Wednesday and West Brom.
In truth, this sort of thing happens all the time in football but ultimately it’s clear that the way this played out had an impact on the midfielder.