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'Players Will Be Holding Out For As Late As Possible But They May Be Left Without A Club'

20 August 2021

Artell believes that there yet be a 'mad dash' as clubs aim to finalise squad for first half of the season.

Players are holding out for contracts that may never come, according to Alex boss David Artell. With time running out for contracted players to secure a move before the end of the summer window, Artell believes that a large number footballers will be joining those free agents in a race to get fixed up.

Artell says that some players and their agents have not grasped the severity of the impact that the pandemic has had on football’s finances and he believes that may result in a frantic late dash from players and clubs to get things done before the 31st August deadline.

Speaking ahead of our home game against Accrington tomorrow, Artell said: “I think some players are holding out believing that they can get pre-Covid contracts and I don’t think that will be the case in many cases.

“I don’t think some of them realise what an impact the pandemic has had on football, especially in the EFL and they have to become more realistic.

“The Premier League market has been slower than usual and the Championship has been really slow. A lot of those clubs are cutting their cloth, they are needing to after years of overspending.

“There will be some players holding out for as long as they can and all you can do is wait and be patient.

“It may be the case that there may be a mad dash at the end. I think there will be a lot of business done in the last week, right up to deadline but there will be a lot of players missing out this summer. There will be a lot left without a club.

The boss added: “All we can do is make sure we are in a good position to take advantage if the right one or two become available late on.”

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