A dramatic EFL rule change is coming next season – and it could benefit Exeter City

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A big rule change is coming for the EFL next season – and it is one that could well benefit Exeter City.

From the start of the 2018/19 season, EFL clubs will be required to include one “club developed” player in their match day squads.

The EFL have defined a club developed player as one who has been registered for the club for at least a year before the end of his under-19 season.

At the time of the announcement, EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey said: “I am confident that this decision will have a positive and lasting impact.

“It is imperative that we provide young players not only with a platform, but also with the belief that opportunities will be made available to progress from youth to senior football.”

Matt Jay celebrates with Jack Sparkes after scoring against Brighton in the group stage of the Premier League Cup

Previously, clubs have had to include six homegrown players – defined as those registered with a club in England or Wales for three seasons before their 21st birthday.

Yet this new rule places more of an emphasis on club’s youth teams than the previous rule, where players could have played for any club before their 21st birthday.

For that reason, City are relatively well off – as well as the likes of Jordan Moore-Taylor and Christy Pym being first-team regulars, other youngsters like Jordan Storey, Matt Jay and Jack Sparkes seem well placed to be in match day squads for years to come.



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