Doncaster Rovers have signed Reece James from Sunderland, and he has wasted no time in explaning the reasoning behind his decision to make the move.
James was a permanent fixture in the Sunderland team last season prior to his season ending injury in the Checkatrade Cup final.
It is therefore a shock that he has chosen to join a League One rival, particularly as he had already verbally agreed a one-year extension to his Sunderland contract.
However, the left-back has shared why he has made the change, with the main reason being the ambition of the coaching staff and the direction the club is heading in.
Speaking to the Doncaster Rovers media team, he said: “I had a conversation with Grant [McCann] and Cliff Byrne and they sold the club to me, the ambitions they both have match mine and that is to challenge for promotion.
“That made my decision an easy one and my mind was made up that I wanted to sign for the club.
“I watched the games in the play-offs last season and they were really unfortunate not to go through, but as a team they were great to watch.”
James clearly has ambitions to play in the Championship and he believes that under the stewardship of McCann Rovers are well placed to do that.
His reasoning may cause some raised eyebrows however. Sunderland were a game away from promotion last season and are a much bigger club than Doncaster, with a bigger fanbase and more backing financially as a result.
It is a strange move from James who was clearly highly rated by Jack Ross and Sunderland. He barely missed a game when he was fit and would likely have continued as first-choice next season in what could be a title winning campaign.
He is right that Doncaster are on the up and McCann is an exciting manager who plays good football, but if he is after promotion he would have been better off staying at Sunderland. The fact that Rovers offered him a longer contract could be the decisive factor in his decision, as if Sunderland are promoted they could sign a better alternative next summer.