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Q: I have been released and have no club: how do I get back onto the footballing ladder?
A: Firstly, you must not panic. Although the previous club may not have wanted you, that does not mean that nobody wants you. You need to get your name out there so clubs recognise you and your ability. As well as this, you need to observe the guidance posted on `I am above the age of 16 and want to become a professional footballer, what do I need to do?` at the top of this Question and answer page.
The facts are that out of the hundreds of young players that sign professional contracts with football clubs, around five out of six are dropped by the time they are 21. Signing to an agent at a young age is seen as a vital move for many young players in order to increase their chances of making the grade.
With young players, clubs in general are loath to recommend agents to players as they would prefer to determine their career path themselves. Therefore, it is often in the club's interest for a player not to have representation.
Very few players stay at the same club for the duration of their career. Therefore they will inevitably at some point change clubs. In order to facilitate the best possible move, they should have representation by an agent. It's only natural that a club will want to obtain the services of a player at the lowest possible cost. This is why footballers need someone with the skill to negotiate the best possible conditions on their behalf.
My First Agent believe it should be the right of every player to be represented if he wants to. Each player is an individual and should be treated as such. Players should choose the representation which best suits their requirements and needs. This is where we can help.