DeadlyDirk Posted January 21, 2010 Share Posted January 21, 2010 Something Majiball posted in the Olsson thread made me think about the homegrown rule and whether or not it's a good idea. I do wonder once this comes into full effect whether these home-grown status's will hike prices further for english players? From next season most of us are aware that the new 'homegrown' rule will be coming into effect. In short the main facts about the home grown rule seem to be these. 1. A squad of 25 players must be confirmed at the end of the summer transfer window and then again at the end of the winter transfer window. 2. 8 of these 25 players must be 'homegrown' (A homegrown player is someone that has been with the club for 3 years/36 months prior to his 21st birthday, regardless of his nationality.) 3. Players under the age of 21 can still be used throughout the domestic season in additon to the 25 named players. So in short I believe the basic idea for this was to try and bring through young talent to stop the decline of the national team in the future and to stop clubs simply filling their squads with foreign players. In theory it's not such a bad idea and I agree with the goals that they have. In practice though it's just not going to work. As per usual, the bigger clubs such as the top 4, Citeh, Villa Spuds etc will all be fighting it out for the most promising 18 year old kids so that they can bring them through as homegrown players in the future. Meanwhile, clubs with less cash to spend like ourselves will have to simply make do with what we get through our own academy or basically look to buy the players that bigger clubs don't want. Now as Majiball suggested, this is only going to push the price up of english players, especially younger ones, even further than they are now. Smaller clubs and clubs like ourselves will not be able to compete with these kind of fees and unfortunately now we won't always be able to go for that cheaper, unproven foreign option as we may well have already maxed our quota, instead we'll be more or less forced into buying inferior 'homegrown' talent. Like any thing the FA tries to do in my eyes it simply makes the strong, stronger and the weak, weaker. Out of interest I guess we have the following homegrown players.... Robinson Dunn Roberts Olsson Reid Andrews Judge Treacey Brown Bunn We are not exactly blessed with homegrown talent right now, 3 are goalkeepers and the likes of Roberts and possibly Andrews might not even be here next year. Reid and Dunn's contracts are running out so they could be off as well. It also means that when we replace them we surely have to look to replace them with homegrown talent? Obviously we have a few other youngsters who have been on the fringes of the team like Jones, Doran who will earn homegrown status in the future and can be used in the first team as additional players. The positive for us (In some ways) is that we don't have that large a squad, so from my count we'd have no problem including all of the 'non homegrown' players we currently have (I make it only about 13 over the age of 21 even including Rigters etc), but surely any transfer dealing from now on has to be bearing this in mind for the future. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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