Jimmy Bullard has joked that Hull City changed his life forever after offering him a contract far in excess of what had originally been agreed.
The retired 37-year-old has claimed that the terms of a £40,000-a-week deal were settled in principle, but by the time it came to sign the actual documents, the numbers on offer were much larger, £10,000-a-week larger, in fact.
Not only that but an appearance fee of around £5,000-per-game, which had previously never been discussed in negotiations, magically appeared.
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Instead of mentioning it to his new club, Bullard, then 32, stayed quiet and signed the contract. By the time the ink had dried, it was too late. He would earn £55,000-a-week for the two-and-a-half years he stayed with the Tigers, amounting to an extra £2m overall.
Speaking on the Magic Sponge football podcast, he said: "We had the chat before with the club, he’s obviously gone away to talk to the club, and the contract was £40,000-a-week. And I was like ‘yeah, blinding contract, let’s sign it'.
“I’ve gone to sign it, I see on the paperwork it says £50,000. So I’ve passed it under the table to my agent, my agent’s gone: ‘yeah, that’s a misprint, sign it.’
"As I’ve signed it, I blew it dry, and then I read under it as well, another £5000 or £6000 appearance, whatever it was. And he’s said: ‘yeah, just sign it, just sign it, and blow it dry’.
“This club is chucking it away like confetti, that’s a joke. So I was on £55,000-a-week from £40,000.
“Amazing contract, amazing. And I’m celebrating to this f***ing day. Thank you, Hull City for changing my life. I’m dropping cash everywhere, I’m bleeding cash.”
To make matters worse for Hull, Bulland would go on to suffer a serious knee injury during his debut under then-manager Phil Brown. He would not appear for them again for eight months and made just 19 starts and five sub appearances, scoring six goals. Not exactly the best investment they've ever made. No wonder the Tigers racked up debts of £35million.
Asked what he believes Hull City fans think of him, he admitted: “They’ve had the hump from day one with me.
“But what do you want, me to tell them? It’s like winning the lottery and going ‘oh no, I don’t want that’. No, you sign it, you blow it dry.”
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