thomasswe wrote:Rice is no mug, ive also read that he doesnt want to play intetnationally at this point as he wants fo focus on his club career. He had cemented his place here at 19 and i think objectively its a good choice for him to stay for now? also i think he is genuinly happy here. Switch clubs and you might not play week in and week out. I just hope we reward him with what his ability is worth.
Agree that it would be beneficial for him as a player to stay in a team where he's a guaranteed starter at this point, rather than go to a bigger club were he won't play consistently. If he's shown this resolve then I hope we reward him accordingly. I've always stated that I think our growth as a club is slightly behind his career curve and I feel we will lose him eventually, but if we could get a few season of his growth into the player he will become, maybe the curves of player and club will converge and he won't become another Carrick for us.