Phil LUFC wrote:Contracts maybe more complicated, some players may refuse to sign a short term deal and be without a club until the window next opens, especially those with something already lined up.
Wouldn’t those players been (rightly) seen as pariahs (put politely), aiming to cash in on the Coronapostponement? And would we want any player representing us for even minutes, if they were so apparently keen not to? (Exhibit A: S. Saiz)
I reckon it’d do far more harm to their reputation than to our chances if they refused what’d clearly be as easy an extension clause as for loanees, especially if FIFA/UEFA/FA give some sort of directive as part of their new arrangements (ie on transfer windows)
Yep, most likely, but I'm thinking about the situations where they may not care. I doubt we'd have a problem with Berardi. I think it's likely FIFA or UEFA would mandate the short term contracts being offered, on flat terms but I don't see how any player can be forced to agree to the terms. Loans are simpler, providing the player is under contract at the parent club, then dates including purchase clauses could be moved on.
I guess the ones I'm thinking of are the ones where pre-contract terms are already done, hefty pay rise, new club putting pressure on to avoid risking injury (and depending on how they approach the last few games the risk of injury may be higher). I'm also thinking clubs who've had shit seasons lower down the pyramid, have about 10 players out of contract, none of which are likely to be retained, where the players may reasonably think "fuck this".