Filed: Friday, 7th October 2011
By: Staff Writer
Herita Ilunga has claimed that he had little choice but to leave the Boleyn Ground.
The Conogolese full-back left West Ham this week in order to join Doncaster Rovers on a three-month loan deal having been made surplus to requirements by Sam Allardyce.
It is a move that Ilunga - who turned down a similar loan move to Celtic on transfer deadline day - says he would happily extend for the entire season, having been made to feel unwanted at West Ham.
"It was difficult to be there [at West Ham] because I lost all confidence from the manager and the players," Ilunga told local rag The Star. “Maybe the best solution was for me to come here. I just want to do the best I can. I feel like they want me to come in and help them - and that is important for me.
"I am very happy to be here [at Doncaster]. We have a very good team and some good footballers and I am here to add to the team and to do what the manager wants me to do. It is a chance for me to get my career back on track.
"The deal is for three months and I hope I can do well and stay all season. I would have signed for the whole season. I have to play well during this three months and after that, we will see what happens."
Ilunga's capture has been hailed as a steal by new Donny boss Dean Saunders who claimed that his club will be paying around £5k per week in wages for the 29-year-old, with West Ham continuing to pick up the remainder of the tab.
"He is a class player - and we have managed to get him for next to nothing," boasted Saunders.
“We can’t afford to bring him for the whole season. What we have managed to get him here for is unbelievable. I’ve used my contacts and I would like to thank West Ham for letting us have him for a sixth of his wages. He is earning a lot less than the players who are here."
How the transfer window happened [1st Feb 2012]
So long, Herita [27th Jan 2012]
Ilunga returns - but for how long? [6th Jan 2012]
The barest bones [29th Dec 2011]
Ilunga: no confidence [7th Oct 2011]
Ilunga gone [4th Oct 2011]
Hendon laments late winner [20th Sep 2011]
A Bridge too far for Ilunga? [10th Sep 2011]
West Ham Utd 4 Portsmouth 3 [10th Sep 2011]
07:19PM 8th Oct 2011
''Saunders is right. Unbelievable. To actually pay Doncaster to take the best back we've had for years! Not another good full back in the club. Good luck Herita, better off out of it. ''
by Aussie Al
05:05PM 8th Oct 2011
''That make two of us then, as I've got no confidence in your playing ability either, Herita!''
by g portugal
08:42AM 8th Oct 2011
''That Ilunga is on £30k a week is shocking. This is further proof of the idiocy of the previous owners, the inept Icelandics.
The player has nobody to blame but himself. His unreliablity and persistent mistakes are not the fault of the manager or his teammates. Did he expect the other players to give him a cuddle when he made mistake after mistake? Allardyce gave this guy a chance and Ilunga, yet again, failed to take it. Just like he failed to take it under Grant. Three strikes and you're out, the expression goes.
Total opposite to Faubert. Sam has given him a chance and Julien has taken it. He has risen to the challenge and not made any excuses.''
by Tell it how it is Charlie!
12:27PM 7th Oct 2011
''"He is a class player - and we have managed to get him for next to nothing," boasted Saunders."
I wonder whether he´ll be saying the same thing, come Xmas? Return to sender!''
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