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Players desperately seeking clubs

Many players face a summer of uncertainty with contracts having expired and no clarity who they will be playing for next season, if at all.

There will be some 800 professional players out of contract in English football this summer, the majority, but not all, below Premier League level.

And it will definitely be a buyers’ market this year, with club budgets slashed because of the coronavirus, meaning squads may shrink – the EFL has discussed reducing first team squad sizes to just 20 senior professionals – and permanent pay cuts are on the horizon for many.

Some players have already begun to bombard potential employers with show reels, whilst management companies have been sending out extensive dossiers on their out-of-contract clients.

Despite this, there are likely to be a surplus of players at the start of next season who have not found a club, and some may be forced to drop down into non-league football, or to quit the game altogether.

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