Blackpool admit squad dilemma over Premiership rules

Blackpool secretary Mark Williams admits the promoted club face a dilemma over the Premiership's new squad laws.

Blackpool secretary Mark Williams admits the promoted club face a dilemma over the Premiership's new squad laws.

The rules are different to the Football League and will affect Ian Holloway's dealings in the transfer market.

"You can have 25 players in your squad, eight of whom have to be homegrown," Williams told the Blackpool Gazette.

"A player counts as homegrown if he has been registered with any club affiliated to the English or Welsh FA for a period of three seasons prior to his 21st birthday.

"That's why the likes of Chelsea or Manchester United will take foreign players into their academies at, say, 16, because when they are 19 they will be classed as homegrown.

"We can have an unlimited pool of under-21s to top up the squad. This is to give young English players a chance when clubs get suspensions or injuries.

"Our current squad isn't exactly blessed with a big pool of under-21s. We have Mark Halstead, Louis Almond, Stephen Husband and Ashley Eastham, so that's an area we've got to look at."

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