Having scooped the Player of the Year award this season at relegated Dundee, Nathan Ralph is set for pastures new.
The left-back has triggered a clause in his contract that allows him to speak to other clubs.
He had been a bright spark in what can only be described as a wretched season for the Dens Park side. They finished bottom of the Premiership, going down without much of a fuss. They have a city derby to look forward to next season, but that will do little to ease the pain of relegation to the Championship.
Ralph will leave and that’s a blow. Losing your POTY is never ideal, but as previous winners go, that is the norm at Dens Park.
In three of the past four seasons alone, whoever has won the Andrew De Vries trophy has moved on the season after.
The POTY curse strikes again
The POTY curse appeared in the 2015/16 season with Kane Hemmings. The striker played 37 times that campaign, scoring an impressive 21 goals. He rightfully claimed the POTY award, but he also jumped ship soon after. The striker moved to Oxford United that summer.
Cammy Kerr won it the next year and he has remained at the club since. The curse avoided Kerr, but it returned in the 2017/18 campaign, with Glen Kamara winning POTY before moving to Rangers in January.
This year Ralph has left Dundee after scooping the award. It shows how much the club struggle to keep hold of their best players.
Even Scott Bain’s Dee career went pear-shaped after he won the award. A well documented fall out with then manager Neil McCann resulted in Bain departing Dens Park.
This curse has struck on other occasions too. Jim Lauchlan, Scott Robertson, Steve Lovell, Nacho Novo and Temur Ketsbaia are all examples of players who have left the club just months after winning the Dee POTY.
Whoever goes on to manage the Dens Park outfit will hope his best men don’t win any club awards if this evidence is anything to go by.