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De Souza - Academy Should Help Us

Director reacts to EFL Salary Cap Vote

10 August 2020

Colchester United's Performance Director Jon De Souza feels the U's Academy could be even more of a benefit now a salary cap has been introduced.

The EFL League One and Two clubs voted on Friday for a cap to be put in place, and it was passed with immediate effect.

It means that League One clubs will have to operate with a cap of £2.5million a year in squad wages, with League Two clubs having a cap of £1.5million.

Speaking to the Colchester Gazette, De Souza explained how it could be of benefit to the U's, having built up a Cat Two Academy over the past few years.

He said: "We’re the only Cat Two club in League Two and have young players playing against higher-level opposition than anyone else in our division, so hopefully it’ll develop them a little bit further."

"With the provision in terms of staff and facilities and doing our job properly in developing young players, we definitely have an advantage and we need to make sure that we plan and actually deliver that advantage to benefit us this season and in the long run.

"Ultimately, no-one knows what’s going to happen this season with the pandemic and the problems that it might bring for clubs, both on and off the pitch.

"But I certainly think in the long term, the Chairman’s vision has always been about building a sustainable club not for one or two seasons but for a period of time and I think the Academy should certainly help us do that, moving forwards.

"The one thing that we’re conscious of as a club with all that’s gone on is that it’s very difficult to see where the season is going to go, especially with the salary capping.

"Some clubs are trying to use that as an advantage to try and get out of this league as quickly as possible and some clubs are struggling to stay in business.

"Our ambitions are always the same; we want to achieve as much as we can and develop the football club.

"But we’re also aware that this season could look very, very different. The Chairman has been quite clear about where we’re at."

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