LOOPHOLE DOES US A FAVOUR

The Non-League Football Paper - - VANARAMA NATIONAL LEAGUE -

TRAN­MERE Rovers boss Micky Mel­lon reck­ons Na­tional League clubs are be­ing helped by a con­tro­ver­sial change to the trans­fer sys­tem in Eng­land, writes MATTHEW JONES.

Un­til last sum­mer, clubs in the Foot­ball League were able to make loan sign­ings through­out most of the sea­son, even when the win­dow was closed.

But FIFA scrapped the loophole in 2016, mean­ing play­ers have to stick with their club un­til Jan­uary, un­less they want to move lower down the pyra­mid.

Non- League teams, how­ever, are not bound by such trans­fer reg­u­la­tions and Mel­lon reck­ons it should make things eas­ier for Na­tional League sides when it comes to try­ing to add to their squad.

“We’re ac­tu­ally the high­est league they can come to, so we en­joy that the trans­fer win­dow’s shut,” Mel­lon said. “It opens up op­por­tu­ni­ties to us for play­ers who we might not have been high in the peck­ing or­der for.

“Of course, you can’t take Premier League play­ers now, so you go from the Cham­pi­onship down. But those play­ers are avail­able to us.”

So far, Rovers have brought in two play­ers on tem­po­rary deals, with Dy­lan Mot­t­ley-Henry and Gerry McDon­agh ar­riv­ing on month long loan deals from Barns­ley and Not­ting­ham For­est re­spec­tively.

The for­mer in par­tic­u­lar has made a huge im­pres­sion on the Pren­ton Park faith­ful, start­ing their last four matches and grab­bing an as­sist on his de­but against Ley­ton Ori­ent.

Mel­lon re­mains keen on adding to his squad be­fore the trans­fer win­dow opens again in Jan­uary, but has come across one snag in that play­ers can not be forced to sign, even if they are not get­ting any foot­ball else­where.

“They’ve still got to want to come,” he con­tin­ued. “It’s called Non-League, so it doesn’t sound very ap­petis­ing to a League player for a start.

“I’d like to think that peo­ple un­der­stand about Tran­mere and what a good club it is. With the fa­cil­i­ties, the fan­base and the ambition, I hope that we will be at the front of the queue if play­ers at that level be­come avail­able.”

AMBITION: Micky Mel­lon is look­ing to use the loan sys­tem

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