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New Premier League Rules

New Premier League Rules-An Article written by Rug, the Vital Pompey Editor

Each club will be required to have 8 'home-grown' players in their squad of 25, and this squad can be no more than 25 unless those extras also in the squad are under 21.

Alterations can be made to the squad named, but only at the end of the summer and winter transfer windows, but these alterations must see this squad stay within the limits of no more than 17 players, out of the 25, over the age of 21 and not home-grown.

A player is defined as 'home-grown' if they have trained within the professional system in England or Wales for 3-years and are under the age of 21.

Chief executive Richard Scudamore, quoted on Sky Sports, believes this will make buying home-grown talent 'more attractive' with it acting as another incentive to 'invest in youth' that will ultimately 'benefit' the national side:

'It's not in the club's interests to sIockpile players. It will make buying home-grown talent more attractive.We're not going down the route of a nationality test but what this will mean is that you just can't buy a team from abroad.We think it will give clubs an extra incentive to invest in youth. We think that one of the benefits will be that it will help the England team'

Also to be changed, and these changes come in immediately; will be the way clubs are run financially.

Clubs must follow guidelines set out that sees accounts submitted annually, which the Premier League board will then look at to ensure that each club can: 'fulfil its fixtures, pay off its creditors when they are due and also to meet obligations to the Premier League's contracts and partners?'

If these criteria are in danger or are not being met transfer embargos can be handed out along with the club agreeing a budget to work on - all is being done to ensure that each club is financially viable to sustain its existence essentially,Scudamore added:

'It's absolutely crucial that these clubs are run as ongoing viable concerns. These financial rules apply immediately.This is tied in, and we passed the rule during the summer, to a 'fit and proper person test'. At our club meeting last week, the clubs absolutely endorsed our position of not linking expenditure to income'

These are changes to the top-flight game that are not going to do it any harm, are they?

Although there will now be even more attention paid to youngsters, or 'home-grown' players, which will then need the games governing bodies to pay extra attention to how clubs approach others - some flexing their muscles - to prise these assets away.A greater transparency on the financial score does not sound a bad idea to me at all though!

Written by Rug-Vital Portsmouth Editor

Clarets fans might also like to think about how these rules could affect Burnley FC. A squad size of 25 could actually help us if we remain in the top flight at the end of this season.

At the moment we have a squad size of 28 excluding the first year professional young guns but including the two loan players, Guerrero and Nugent. If we assume we eventually secure both the loan players on a permanent basis then we are going to be in about the right region anyway. Some players could also leave the club in the January transfer window or at the end of the season and certainly one, Remco van der Schaaf seems to have dropped off the radar already.

A lot of our rivals though won't have their huge squads to call upon which could make the playing field a little bit more level for clubs like ours.

I think in general this will help the Clarets but it would be interesting to have your views on this article either below or in our forums.

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Date:Tuesday September 15 2009

Time: 1:07PM

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So what you reckon then? Would be interested to know what Burnley FC said during the debate with Premier League
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15/09/2009 13:11:00

I was going to spout off here, however I think I am going to have to think about this one. The more I think about it yes great for us, however......... there are some arguements against, at the minute not sure either way
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15/09/2009 13:21:00

We would easily also be able to include 8 home grown players in the squad by that definition too
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15/09/2009 13:30:00

The price of home-grown is already over inflated in my opinion! just think how much they will cost when this comes into effect? when does this come into effect?
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15/09/2009 17:56:00

Ha it's next Season I missed it! it says it on the front page der
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15/09/2009 18:10:00

Interesting that some of the agents think its a bad idea, because it will mean they believe that certain players not in the 25 will be worth less since the club don't hold them in high regard. On the other side of the coin, they think it will make the young kids below 21 in the squad have an artifically high value!
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15/09/2009 22:22:00

My concern is about this is the age thing I can see decent players over 25 not getting a game. I totally agree with the max of the squads though it stops them buying up players just coz they have more money ie Chelski Man u etc etc. Also a tad worried now about the max influex of Scots in the team as i don't think they would class as "Home Grown"
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16/09/2009 09:03:00

Courtesy of LT:Home-grown players aged 21 or over next season: Graham Alexander*, Michael Duff*, Clarke Carlisle*, Steven Caldwell*, Martin Paterson, Wade Elliott, Tyrone Mears, David Edgar, Chris McCann, Robbie Blake*, Stephen Jordan*, Chris Eagles, David Nugent*. Total: 13. Overseas players aged 21 or over next season: Diego Penny, Christian Kalvenes*, Kevin McDonald, Joey Gudjonsson*, Steven Fletcher, Brian Jensen*, Brian Easton, Remco van der Schaaf, Steven Thompson*, Fernando Guerrero*, Andre Bikey. Total: 11. Players under 21 next season: Jay Rodriguez, Richard Eckersley, Alex MacDonald, Adam Kay*, Wes Fletcher*, Chris Anderson*, Alex-Ray Harvey*, Chris Lynch*, Nik Kudiersky*, Ben Hoskin*. * out of contract before rules come into force
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16/09/2009 13:25:00

I think it will be good for the game.
Grimsby Claret
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17/09/2009 17:49:00


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