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Exeter to use salary cap system to their advantage

Exeter expects this season's new salary cap system to be beneficial to them in the transfer market. The new guidelines will bring League One clubs in line with League Two's financial rules, which stipulate clubs cannot spend more than 55 per cent of their turnover on wages.

The legislation may be fully adopted by League One clubs for the 2012/13 season, and Tagg believes this could work in the Grecians' favour.

"It's very difficult to compete against a club that can put in 130 or 140 per cent of their turnover into player wages," acting chief executive Julian Tagg told the Express and Echo. "We see players wanting to come here because of our ethos. The other side of the coin will always be how much money they earn in the process.

"With this new rule maybe the margin (between those two factors) will be reduced slightly. There may not be the opportunity for a player to go elsewhere for considerably more money."

Tagg added: "Many of the clubs previously undecided in League One decided it was a good idea. There is a lot of work that needs to be done to make sure people aren't disadvantaged, but we have to get to a point where it's sustainable."

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