Foot­ball League clubs agree squad lim­its to re­duce costs

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - By Tom Mor­gan

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

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