Is money all that motivates young players?
If I was to say that this week's blog is about the reasons why a player moves clubs or chooses one team over another then I am sure some would expect it be very short and straightforward.
Surely, for footballers, it is all just about the money and therefore the highest bidder secures the signature of the player in demand.
As a professional of many years it may come as no surprise that I would argue this point, and instead point to many other factors that a player will consider before deciding upon his next move.
Of course, there are mercenaries in the game and a higher wage will often hold sway over a lesser offer but do the same rules not apply in other sports and other professions?
Taking aside the matter of finance, what else will a player consider prior to committing himself to a new club?
The potential for success is an obvious one, as players have always grown up with the dream of winning championships, appearing in cup finals and being capped by their country, and therefore a club which can offer them more than a good chance of achieving this is always an attractive proposition.
Whether you will simply be a squad player used to fill in for others, or be seen as a regular starter with a vital role to play is another issue to ponder.
Undoubtedly there have been examples in the game of players moving to other, sometimes bigger, clubs but failing to cement their status in a way they had done at their previous employers.
This in particular, however, is difficult for a player to judge as they will usually be confident enough in their own ability to make a move a successful one.
There are numerous other circumstances which will dictate a career path, with age being another significant one.
An older player may be less willing to uproot a family for example, or may opt for a club because it offers him a route into coaching and so on.
For younger players, and perhaps even those still of school age, the decision of which club to join can be even more important, as it could determine their very future success in the game.
In Scotland, would a teenager (and their parents) prefer to sign for a big club and enjoy the prestige and accolade that comes with it?
Possibly, and sometimes with justification as the facilities that these clubs can offer are often superior to the smaller sides.
However, some of these smaller sides are those who invest huge amounts of time and money (in a relative sense) into their youth programmes and who are prepared to give their own developed players first-team opportunities.
All of the above conjecture is particularly relevant in a week when two players brought into their respective teams through a youth system have seen their performances rewarded with moves to the English Premier League.
While the transfer of my former - albeit very briefly - teammate, James McArthur, is a fitting reward for a consistency and standard of performance which has often belied his young age.
I obviously have a lot more experience of playing against James than with him but always felt he merited the hype that often surrounded his displays.
The move to Wigan affords him the chance to emulate the huge success of James McCarthy, and is surely a ringing endorsement for any top young players to consider Hamilton Accies as their preferred move ahead of any other clubs.
Speaking of Hamilton, we are in Spain this week for a five-day training camp where we also have a couple of matches arranged.
It is always beneficial to get away as a squad and to enjoy working in a warmer climate -but before anyone asks, a trip to the Costa del Sol was not the reason I chose Hamilton over other SPL sides!