Next season Premier League clubs will have to name eight home-grown players in their 25-man squads.
Home grown players are not exactly what they seem to be – so here is the definition from the English Premier League:
A home-grown player will be defined as one who, irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with a club affiliated to the Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday (or the end of the Season during which he turns 21).?
Clubs will also be able to supplement their 25 man squads with unlimited additional players under the age of 21 on 1st January in the year in which the season commences, and changes to the squad list of 25 may be made during the period of a transfer window.?
So it could be that some of the youngsters at Newcastle could be in that supplemental list, and don’t necessarily have to be in the 25 man list.
Chief Executive of the Premier League, Richard Scudamore said:
“As of next season clubs will be required to have a squad named of up to 25 players, of which no more than 17 can be over the age of 21 and not home grown.”
“The definition of home grown is trained for three years under the age of 21 by somebody in the English and Welsh professional system.”
“Clubs will have to declare their 25 at the end of August when the window shuts and then again at the end of January.”
Scudamore believes the England National team will reap the benefits of the new ruling, and thinks it is unlikely that PL clubs will hoard young overseas players:
“It’s not in the club’s interests to stockpile 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.”
Something has to be done so that young English players have a chance to play in the Premiership in England, and are not always eclipsed by stars coming in from outside the country.
Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe thinks the new rules will have a positive effect on the long-term health of English football.
“I welcome the Premier League’s introduction of a home-grown player quota for squads and its implementation of strengthened financial reporting rules.”
“These moves will encourage clubs to develop and bring through young talent and help ensure clubs are financially stable.”
So there you have it – we look forward to Chris Hughton announcing his 25 man Newcastle squad before the end of August, and we have to hope there are at least four new and good players in there, from what we have at the moment.
Than we could well be on our way.
Howay The Lads!!