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Ronnie McFall can't bolster Portadown due to IFA restrictions

By Stuart McKinley

Portadown have confirmed that financial restrictions will prevent manager Ronnie McFall from strengthening his squad during this month's transfer window.

And with McFall set to leave the club at the end of the season after 29 years in charge, it now seems that the capture of Ken Oman this time last year will be his last major signing.

The Ports have been stifled by the enforcement of the IFA's Salary Cap Protocol, which allows clubs to spend only 60 per cent of their income on wages.

Their failure to qualify for Europe last season, finishing one place outside the Europa League spots in the Danske Bank Premiership and also missing out when they lost to Glentoran in the Irish Cup final, has had a major impact on their spending power too.

A statement released by the club read: "The Board of Directors of Portadown Football Club wish to clarify statements issued in the press recently, regarding the lack of signing opportunities in the current transfer window.

"During the summer of 2014, a number of new high profile signings were made, with the intention of fielding a team capable of competing for the league title and securing European qualification.

"These signings brought us up to the maximum allowable spend as outlined in the Salary Cap Protocol.

"Unfortunately this challenge did not materialise and as all our senior players are contracted to the end of season 2015-16 or beyond, we are unable to add to the playing panel unless current players are moved on.

"In conjunction with the Management team, we felt this was a real opportunity to challenge for major honours, and we are extremely disappointed that it did not happen.

"We will continue to support the Club Manager whenever possible in the future, to ensure the best possible team is fielded in order to compete for honours; notwithstanding the parameters laid down in the Salary Cap Protocol."

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