Football League clubs agree squad limits to reduce costs
Championship clubs will be limited to 25 players under new rules which will ease overspending in the English Football League.
It is the first time clubs outside the top tier have agreed to set the squad limit, which also includes a minimum eight players needing to be “home grown”.
League One and League Two will be restricted further, with a limit of 22 registered players agreed. Clubs also agreed to decrease the overall figure further to a maximum of 20 players in the lower tier in 2021-22.
The limits do not apply to cup competitions or include under-21s unless they were signed on loan.
An agreement was reached at a meeting between the clubs, while the Premier League comes under pressure to provide more support to the entire footballing pyramid.
Wayne Rooney’s Derby County last week received a £30million injection borrowed against the club’s
assets from a New York investment bank belonging to American billionaire Michael Dell.
The Daily Telegraph understands it is the second loan agreed with Derby chairman Mel Morris, who has been seeking additional funding for more than two years.
The Premier League has already advanced £125 million to the EFL and National League during the pandemic to ease the financial nightmare facing clubs. A new cash boost is currently being discussed.
Cash boost: Wayne Rooney’s Derby received £30million