signs a piece of paper. At sixteen years of age, this marks
the point when his path through life begins to diverge from those
around him. He has just become a professional footballer, and though
still not permitted to vote, the opportunities that will be afforded to
this novice mean he is to be saddled with a very adult responsibility.
With the stroke of a pen, he has been unwittingly transformed from
pubescent jock into a role model for rudderless teens, frustrated
middle-aged men, and by extension, the rudderless teenage children of
frustrated middle-aged men.
September 2013, by Luke Ginnell. First published in LATE