As required, Newcastle submitted a 24-man squad for the second half of the 2012/2013 Barclays’ Premier League season on Friday afternoon.
Davide Santon – younger players don’t have to be included in official squad
The rules these days are that PL clubs have to provide a squad list containing no more than 17 players who do not fulfill the Home Grown Player criteria, and the remainder have to be home grown players.
Here’s the definition of a Home Grown Player:
A Home Grown Player means a player who, irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with any 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.
That definition means that players like Rob Elliot, Dan Gosling and Mike Williamson, among others, can be classed as home grown players.
Here are Newcastle United squad of 24 players – where HGP = Home Grown Player:
Shola Ameobi (HGP)
Hatem Ben Arfa
Rob Elliot (HGP)
Dan Gosling (HGP)
Steve Harper (HGP)
Tim Krul (HGP)
James Perch (HGP)
Danny Simpson (HGP)
Ryan Taylor (HGP)
Steven Taylor (HGP)
Mike Williamson (HGP)
Newcastle now have ten HGPs – Shola Ameobi, Rob Elliot, Dan Gosling, Steve Harper, Tim Krul, James Perch, Danny Simpson, Ryan Taylor, Steven Taylor and Mike Williamson.
Changes to the maximum squad list of 25 may be made during the period of a transfer window.
Notice that younger players – those born on or after January 1st 1991 – like Davide Santon, Massadio Haïdara, Gael Bigirimana and Sammy Ameobi as some examples – are classified as under 21 players and are available to play for the side – but they don’t have to be listed in the official squad.
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