New Manchester City keeper Richard Wright’s homesickness threshold is mapped
Goalkeeper Richard Wright is a surprise signing for Manchester City, not least because he quit Preston last month citing homesickness.
After just a few days at Deepdale, he said: “I’ve only been away from home for a few days and I know already that I cannot live that far away from my family.”
Wright’s clan have their roots in Ipswich, some 254 miles away from Preston, so the club agreed to tear up his recently-signed contract.
Fair enough, most PNE fans probably though. Until, that is, the former England international pitched up at the Etihad Stadium, which is a mere 30 miles down the road.
The delicate situation is helpfully highlighted by the map above. Wright’s homesickness threshold roughly follows the course of the M62 motorway across the country. So, a move to Wigan would be out of the question, but Manchester United is on the right side of the boundary. Both Liverpool clubs are no go zones, but Stockport County is practically in Suffolk.