Sam Hutchinson Leaves Chelsea

Being the 1st of July it is the time when the football transfer window officially opens for business and it is also the time when contrac...

Being the 1st of July it is the time when the football transfer window officially opens for business and it is also the time when contracts come to an end and Chelsea have today announced a number of players who are leaving the club. From an academy point of view that list of players included Sam Hutchinson.

At the age of 24 now Sam has been with Chelsea since he was seven years old which means he has been at the club a very long time. As most people will know Sam has had serious injury problems throughout his career and it got so bad at one stage in 2010 he retired from football entirely and looked to be focusing on a career in coaching. However in the winter of 2011 he decided that he would give it another try and returned to playing football and signed a new deal with Chelsea.

On his return to the Chelsea team he made 2 substitute appearances before it was decided it was time for him to go on loan. He spent the following season on loan with Nottingham Forest, a loan which unsurprisingly was punctuated by long periods out with injury and eventually made a total of 9 appearances and scoring one goal.

The season just gone saw Sam make a surprising move to Vitesse which many wondering if he was to go as a player or as a coach following last seasons troubles. It turned out it was to be as a player even if he didn't really play in the end only making a single appearance for the Dutch club and he returned to Chelsea mid season to then go back out again to Sheffield Wednesday which would prove to be his most successful loan so far making 10 appearances in the second half of the season and scoring one goal.

So now Sam starts a new chapter in his career and he certainly seems to have a number of clubs looking at him for the coming season. Should he keep his injury under control and get to play plenty of games then I have no doubt that Sam can still have a very good career at Championship o even Premier League level if given the chance.

All the best to Sam and it is a shame to see such a long serving player leave.

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