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Why Pompey chief says time is against clubs keen to finish League One season
Wednesday, 27th May 2020 20:59 by pompey-fans.com staff

Mark Catlin says time will soon run out to get the League One season finished.

He has warned that we are already getting close to needing to use the whole of July to get the campaign finished if that's what clubs vote to do - bearing in mind preperation and training needed before matches themselves can take place.

And Catlin says after July 31, player availability becomes a major issue.

He told The News: ‘Hopefully we will find out next week, but by that time we will be into June and there are still 2-3 weeks required to get players back to training – then you have 56 days to complete.

‘I am not sure how we then manage to get this done beyond July 31, which I feel has always been the backstop in regards of player contracts. You can keep them until June 30 – however, there is then a month’s severance.

‘We have always worked on the assumption that, with the goodwill of players. they will carry on during that month because they cannot sign for another club.

‘Asking them to stay on for a month is one thing, asking them to go into a new deal beyond July 31 for a limited amount of time when they risk injury is something completely different.

‘I am not talking specifically about Pompey. Speaking generally, take a club who have a player whose contract ends in June, but is willing to play on into July because of the severance pay.

‘Asking them to go beyond that could be a problem because they may have already done another deal with another club. I think it is a big ask, especially when those players are risking injury.’

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