I have every sympathy for players such as Lyle Taylor at Charlton who are out of contract and are saying they won’t go back to play the remaining games of the season.

Football contracts usually have a specific expiry date, normally in June, and it’s very, very rare that a club will sign someone for, say, the 2019-20 campaign.

Such practice is never normally a problem, but this year we have this weird anomaly that means clubs need players beyond the end of their deals and, naturally, it’s causing all sorts of headaches.

For clubs it’s relatively straightforward and quite reasonable for them to ask their footballers to sign for an extra five or six weeks.

Players must put their own careers first

But for players there are all sorts of things to take into account.

The fact you’ll be putting yourself at risk of injury is the big one because you could end up jeopardising your next move and finances for however long you’re ruled out.

Let’s say a player fractures an ankle or snaps an Achilles in the final weeks of this season, do you think clubs are going to stick by him and pay him for as long as it takes to get back to full fitness?

Not a chance.

And therein lies the problem, because clubs, as ever, will want to have their cake and eat it.

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer confirmed Taylor will not play the remaining games of the season

If I was in Taylor’s position I’d be asking myself all sorts of questions and the answers would depend greatly on the amount of goodwill a club had built up with me.

I’d be thinking:

Have they treated staff well these past two or three months or did they furlough them straight away?

How has the club treated me and my team-mates over the last two or three years?

Have they thrown team-mates under the bus when there has been a disciplinary issue?

And if the goodwill was there then I’d say nine out of 10 players would probably sign the extension.

Taylor has spent two seasons with the Addicks, earning promotion from League One last year

But I certainly wouldn’t blame anyone for not doing.

If you only sign a one-month deal and you’re then sidelined for six months you’re up the creek without a paddle.

And, while Premier League players and some at the top end of the Championship pay scale might not have any financial worries, there will be plenty who do.

The common-sense approach would be for clauses to be inserted in all short-term contracts that are signed to get players through until the end of this season.

Those clauses should state that, if a player gets injured before this season ends, then their agreement will automatically extend until the transfer window that follows their return to full match fitness.

The Championship is set to resume later this month

I’d argue that any agent who isn’t getting his client such a guarantee isn’t doing the job they should be.

I know some Charlton fans are unhappy with Taylor but they should ask themselves seriously what they’d do in the same situation.

Because if it’s a straight choice between getting paid for five or six weeks now but having uncertainty beyond that, or sitting tight for two months and then signing a three or four-year deal with another club it’s a no-brainer.

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What all this goes to show is that football, for some reason, has not been prepared for any and all eventualities, and I find that odd.

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