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CEO on EFL Rule Change

10 April 2017

Brian Caldwell thoughts on home grown and club grown players

Shrewsbury Town Chief Executive Brian Caldwell has expressed concerns over new EFL rulings for the 2018/19 season.

New rules will mean that clubs must have seven home-grown players in their squads, with one of those players being club-developed.

A club-developed player is defined as one who has been registered to the club for at least a year before the end of his under-19 season.

Whilst Town should have no problems complying with the new rules, Brian is worried about the effect it might have on young players who need to go out on loan.

“The rule about home-grown or British-based players shouldn’t affect us in anyway”, said Brian.

“They have increased it from six to seven, but if you look at the stats for ourselves this season and last season we have been well ahead of that. From our point of view it shows that EFL based clubs are still promoting British-based, which is good.

“The club-developed players is one that we actually voted against. Paul and I spoke about it we both shared the same concern that it might potentially impact on the number of players we could go and send out on loan.

“I think a young player should always play as many competitive games as possible, so I would have concerns not just for ourselves, but any club.

“Managers might hold two or three players young players because they have to fulfil that and I was concerned about young players going out on loan. 

“We obviously have a number of players out on loan right now that may not have been able to do that if we have to fulfil that rule.”

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