Sunderland AFC transfer and takeover news RECAP: Contract latest as clubs wait for clarity

Today we reveal the latest contract update from the EFL which gives clubs more time to negotiate deals with players coming to the end of their current terms.

Tuesday, 2nd June 2020, 3:12 pm

Sunderland have 11 players out of contract this summer with Tommy Smith having already left after his short-term deal expired.

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We’ll have the latest news, analysis and opinion over on our live Sunderland blog throughout the day, with clubs waiting for clarity from the EFL with a vote set for Monday June 8.

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Sunderland AFC transfer and takeover news LIVE: Contract latest as clubs wait for clarity

Last updated: Tuesday, 02 June, 2020, 15:18

  • Today we have revealed the latest contract update from the EFL which gives clubs like Sunderland a little more time.
  • League One clubs will vote on Monday to decide how to conclude the 2019-20 campaign.

Hello and welcome to Tuesday morning and our live Sunderland AFC blog.

We’ll have the latest news, analysis and opinion throughout the day. 

The latest contract situation from the EFL

More time for clubs to negotiate

Sunderland have been afforded some additional time to negotiate new terms with their out of contract players – after EFL clubs sanctioned a change in regulations.

As reported by the Echo last month, the EFL put forward a number of proposals in an attempt to help clubs deal with the contractual issues posed by the suspension of league action.

Contracts generally expire on June 30 but, with action in the EFL set to continue past that date, provisions were suggested to ensure that out of contract players would be able to play in any fixtures falling after this date.

And the Echo has exclusively learned that, while never publicly announced, the changes were approved by clubs at a meeting in late May.

Monday is the big day

Pompey CEO Mark Catlin is convinced, however, that Monday will prove to be D-Day, with clubs voting over the coming days.

Catlin told The News: “If you follow the EFL release from late last week, voting will take place from 4pm today and then finish on Monday.

“As I understand it, the result will be given out at that point.

“Monday is D-Day. I am very hopeful at that point, bar any potential legal challenges, we can get on and finish this season one way or another."

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