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Playing the loan game is now much tougher.

June 1st, 2010 | 29 Comments |

The loan arrangers?
The loan arrangers?
Next season will see the Premier League introduce a new set of rules, with the ultimate aim being to try to force clubs to focus on domestic youth players.

Of course there are ways round it, as is the way with most pieces of new legislation. Even with the new rules teams will be able to go abroad and snap up the most promising youngsters from around Europe, but it does now mean that they will have to be a bit more careful before they proceed with that whilst taking the new home grown rules into account. The definition of home grown is for a player to be trained for three years under the age of 21 by somebody in the English and Welsh professional system, and their must be eight of them in each squad. Players under the age of 21 do not count towards the squad of 25 players so can play at anytime despite not being registered, and it’s that last part that could spell trouble in the loan market for Newcastle this summer. (more…)