Plymouth Argyle boss Ryan Lowe has revealed the reasons behind the recent departure of Cam Sangster from the club.
The midfielder left Argyle by mutual consent last week after only two senior outings for the Pilgrims. He had been on loan at Southern League Premier Division South side Dorchester Town, but it now appears he is taking some time out to asses his options outside of playing football.
Using the reward money for passing his GCSEs, the nineteen-year-old started a business three years with his friend Jake Self selling classic football boots from his bedroom. Their venture has since grown dramatically, and they are now supplying some of the world’s best players.
Top stars will pay up to about £600 for a pair, and although many have lucrative contracts for wearing the latest models in matches, they often prefer to wear retro styles for training.
Sangster’s clients include Xavi, Alexander Lacazette, Ivan Rakitic, and Mason Mount.
Their success recently attracted national media attention, and Lowe hinted that Sangster’s burgeoning business was a significant factor behind his departure.
Speaking before Argyles FA Cup tie with League One Bolton and quoted on the club’s official Twitter feed, Lowe said this when asked to comment: ‘I spoke to Cam Sangster and his agent. He wasn’t really enjoying his football; he wants to have some time off and decide what he wants to do with his business. We came to an agreement, and he’s chosen to terminate his contract. We looked after him.’
‘He’s a good enough player to make an impact at some level. But, he has something in the back fo his head, and he was a little torn. It was more his decision than ours.’
I’ve said to him to keep playing at some level. Maybe he can bring Messi and Rakitic to Home Park for an hour!
Sangster recently told the Daily Mail he had dreams to expand the business and relocate to London and open a warehouse and store, bringing footfall and consistent sales. ‘Everyone knows who we are now, and we need to be turning that into profits,’ he said. ‘We’re making good money, but we need to make proper, proper money.’
Fair play to Sangster and the club for sorting out the situation amicably and in everyone’s best interests.
The youngster is a classic example of how hitting on an original idea can bring untold success.
It sounds like although he has the talent to have a decent career in professional football, his true calling his business, and he is right to make this call at an early age, showing great maturity in doing so.
Good luck to him.