The Secret Footballer, believed to be journeyman centre-forward Dave Kitson, discussed the importance of having a "sharp agent" on transfer deadline day.
Without a scrupulous agent on top of his or her game, footballers have been swindled by clubs during the rush to sign a contract before the deadline, according to TSF, per The Guardian:
My new employers tried on the age-old tactic of unnecessarily leaving things until the last possible moment, meaning that the final contract was faxed over with roughly half an hour to spare in the hope that I would sign it hurriedly and fax it back.
The contract was missing all of the previously agreed bonuses and, if I had put pen to paper, I would have been worse off than when I started.
This is such a common practice when time is short that I am almost embarrassed to mention it, yet a few players have had their fingers burned over the years because their agents missed a trick.
This story is a reminder that for every Wayne Rooney, who has an inordinate amount of leverage, there are hundreds of players like TSF backed into a corner.
It is like playing poker—if you do not read and react to the situation, you get screwed.
Hence the need to have a great agent.