Special Report: Giggs signs new contractBy: Ian | March 1st, 2013
Didn’t expect to write today, but the news is in and it deserves relaying to all those who may have missed it, although I didn’t know anyone lived on the moon these days. If planet earth is indeed your preferred habitat, you may have stumbled across the announcement that it’s St.David’s Day. For those unaware, he’s the patron saint of Wales. There’s usually a bit of singing to celebrate, the pubs do well, and the Royal Family come down to show they know where Wales is. But to be honest, those celebrations are quite tame. How about something a bit different? Well, this year, we’ve pushed the boat out.
On his national day, and on the eve of potentially his 1000th ever game, Ryan Giggs, all-round magician, age-beater and midfield maestro, has picked up a pen and has signed for Utd for yet another year. That will be his 23rd season and will take him firmly into his 40th year. Sir Alex has expressed his delight in the signing, essentially saying he has nothing further to add to the plethora of accolades and praise that Ryan has received over the years because there are simply no new ones.
I don’t have any new things to say either, but I’m also delighted. He’s still making an impact, getting goals and assists, you can’t get anyone with more experience on the field, he’s a role model for the younger players. You have to bear in mind this is a man who signed professional forms before the Premier League was established, over two decades ago. The man himself has said: “I am feeling good, enjoying my football more than ever and, most importantly, I feel I am making a contribution to the team.” And I might be getting ahead a bit here, but the released statement says nothing about this being the last and final contract. He will stay until at least June 2014, just five months shy of his 41st birthday. The key phrase is ‘at least’. Nothing stopping him from going on still further.
Whether we’ll be able to say the same thing for his veteran pal, Mr Scholes, remains to be seen. But for now, we can just celebrate we have yet another year in which we can marvel over someone who embodies everything about the wonderful club spirit that is Manchester United.
P.S. Anyone interested in Sir Alex’s Harvard lecture can find an interesting interview about it here: http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/7123.html