FIFA state case on contracts... what does it all mean for Cardiff?
FIFA delivered a key update this week surrounding the future of the game which remains on hold due to coronavirus.
They provided statements on a range of topics, including player contracts.
They will affect every club, including Cardiff City.
So here's the full situation explained.
Why have contracts become an issue? PLAYER contracts typically expire on June 30, well after a season traditionally finishes.
It means when players are normally released, they are able to look for new clubs when the summer window usually opens.
However, due to the coronavirus outbreak, the 2019/20 campaign has been put on hold, with play unlikely to resume until around July at the earliest.
It means many players could see their contracts expire before the current campaign restarts.
It has been a hot topic of discussion at FIFA - who made an official announcement on Tuesday - in recent weeks.
So, what have FIFA said? FIFA have proposed that contracts due to expire this summer should be extended until the end of the 2019/20 season, whenever that may be.
It means that - under their proposals - players who would usually become free agents after June will be able to remain with their current clubs for the rest of the current campaign.
Part of their statement read: "This should be in line with the original intention of the parties when the contract was signed and should also preserve sporting integrity and stability."
Which Cardiff players are out of contract in the summer and what's likely to happen? A significant number of the Bluebirds' first-team players are due to see their deals expire.
Danny Ward, Jazz Richards and Matthew Connolly will all see their contracts run out at the end of June.
Connolly looks set to be released having featured just once since the beginning of the 2018/19 season.
The situation is different for Richards who has returned to the fold under Harris, although there is healthy competition at the back at present.
On his day, Ward can be an absolute menace in the Championship, although with Robert Glatzel and Callum Paterson regularly getting the nod up top, the Bluebirds may well cut their losses when it comes to making a decision on the frontman after the 2019/20 season finishes.
And then there's the loan trio of Dion Sanderson, Albert Adomah and Brad Smith.
Adomah and Sanderson - on loan from Nottingham Forest and Wolves respectively - have both impressed in their brief Cardiff careers to date.
Bournemouth man Smith will see his Cherries contract expire in the summer anyway, so he could potentially be available further down the line.
However, Greg Cunningham should be fit to return by that point, so the former Preston man's situation could alter things in the long term.
Let's not forget those Neil Harris' side have sent out on loan.
Omar Bogle has been with Dutch outfit ADO Den Haag, goalkeeper Joe Day is playing for AFC Wimbledon and Ciaron Brown is currently at Scottish side Livingston.
Will they be able to convince Harris that they deserve new contracts? Or will their new clubs be keen to make their loan spells permanent? With other options available, Bogle may well need to find himself a new club later this year, and if Alex Smithies and Neil Etheridge continue to battle it out for the No. 1 jersey, Day may also opt to move on to pastures new.
Why are things still somewhat unclear around contracts? There has been a significant amount of pressure placed on footballers as clubs continue to announce measures to cope with the impact of Covid-19.
Premier League stars look set to take a universal 30% pay cut to ease the strain on the non-playing staff in the game, although nothing similar has been announced in the EFL.
The Professional Footballers' Association are continuing to discuss the best way forward.
But cash flow problems could become a real concern for Championship, League One and League Two sides in the near future, and it means players may have to be released anyway in a bid for clubs to attempt to become more stable after the pandemic.
It remains to be seen exactly how this will work, and the situation will of course differ on a club by club basis.
Dion Sanderson's stay from Wolves is set to be extended
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|Author:||IAN MITCHELMORE Football writer|
|Publication:||South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)|
|Date:||Apr 9, 2020|
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