Date:Friday June 2 2006
Adrian Forbes is fuming with Swansea City Football Club after being released this week.
He had been in for talks at Christmas and in March to sign a new contract with the Swans but he was told this week he wouldn't be kept on.
Adrian Forbes explained thoroughly what happened during the season as regards to a new contract and said:
''The way they treated me was a disgrace.
''I understand that in football everybody moves on eventually, but I hoped the club would have shown me a bit more respect for what I've done for them.
''I was called in for a meeting in November where they told me they wanted to give me a new deal by Christmas. I told them I was settled and happy. In fact I remember saying to the boss: 'Anyone who leaves Swansea City now is a fool because it's a club moving forward'.
''The boss (Jackett) said: 'If we put something in front of you that's acceptable, will you sign it?'. I said: 'Just give me the pen, it's a done deal'.
''Kenny Jackett said that to me, but the chairman knew what was going on as well. They did that to tie me down, to make me feel wanted so I wouldn't want to go anywhere in January.
''But then nothing was said until March, when they invited my agents down to sort out this deal before the Brentford game.
''My agents came all the way from London expecting to get something sorted but they just fed them another load of lies. What was the idea behind that?''
You can understand his frustration having being told on more than one occasion his contract would be renewed.
Kenny Jackett's man management skills leave a lot to be desired as there seemed to be a lack of respect from the Swans boss for other players such as Roger Freestone, Alan Curtis and Roberto Martinez.
Martinez was also told around Christmas time he'd be called into the office for talks over a new contract.
There was no progress either by March as it became all the more likely that he'd be released at the end of the season.
''I probably sound bitter to some people, but I just feel I deserved to be treated a little better than that.''
''I got a bit of stick for about three months when I first joined Swansea, but after that I think they saw I'm a 110 per cent player and their attitude towards me was great.
''I'm really keen to say a big thank you to them for all their support.''
''I've not been a waster at Swansea or a bad professional. I've done everything that was asked of me.
''They might even have got better out of me if they'd told me earlier because I would have been looking to put myself in the shop window.
''As it was there were lies and contradictions which I don't think I deserved.''
He scored some vital goals last season including 2 goals in the last 2 games to give us 2 vital victories.
He lacked ability but I can't really remember any other Swansea player put in more effort and commitment than Forbesy did when he was with us and you can't really ask for more than that from a player.
Chairman Huw Jenkins said he wasn't interested in Forbesy's comments when asked by the Evening Post.
He said: ''It's a fact of life that players will come and go during the progression of our football club. Kenny makes decisions for the good of the squad.
''We would like to thank Adrian for all the work he has put in over the last two years and wish him all the best.''
Date:Friday June 2 2006
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