Huddersfield Town's new signings and the promotion of several young players to the first team squad should allow them to breeze through the EFL's regulations on the makeup of matchday squads.
The Terriers were not prone to EFL's more stringent rules regarding home grown players in the Premier League: while the top flight asks sides to have at least eight home grown players in their 25-man squads for the whole season, the EFL insists that sides must name at least seven in every matchday squad - with failure to comply resulting in teams being forced to play with a smaller subs' bench.
The upcoming season will be the first time Town have had to abide by this version of the rule, which was introduced into all tiers of the EFL last year ahead of the 2018/19 season.
Lewis O'Brien, Ryan Schofield, Jaden Brown, Rarmani Edmonds-Green and Matty Daly have all stepped up from the youth side or return from loans into Jan Siewert's senior squad, while new signings Tommy Elphick, Reece Brown, Josh Koroma and loanee Kamil Grabara all qualify as home grown.
They join Karlan Grant, Jonathan Hogg, Joel Coleman and Alex Pritchard, all of whom were qualifying players from last year's senior squad, taking the number of home grown senior players at Siewert's disposal to 13 - before even taking into account further youngsters like Aaron Rowe, Demeaco Duhaney or Scott High.
That means Town should have no problem making sure they have the required seven home grown players in each matchday squad despite the departure of Philip Billing, Jack payne and Tommy Smith this summer, and are thus unlikely to be forced to reduce the size of their substitutes' bench down from seven players to six at any point.
Clauses 33.8 and 33.9 of the EFL's rules and regulations - found in section 5: fixtures - read as follows:
"33.8: Home Grown Players. Each Club shall be required to nominate a minimum of seven Home Grown Players on their Team Sheet of Players for all League Competition Matches (including Play Off Matches)."
In other words, for every Championship game, Town's 18-man squad needs to have seven players who qualify as home grown. And what does that mean? We're glad you ask. The rules explain:
" 33.9: Home Grown Player’ shall mean a Player who irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with:-
"33.9.1: his current Club; and/or
"33.9.2: a Club and/or any other football club affiliated to the Football Association or the Football Association of Wales, for a period, continuous or not of three Seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday (or the end of the Season during which he turns 21).
"For the purposes of this definition of Home Grown Player only, a Season will be deemed to commence on the date on which the Summer Transfer Window in that Season closes (including the Extended Period) and expire on the date of the final League Match of the Season."
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