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Larne boss Tiernan Lynch reveals he would be an advocate of financial fair play reform


Tiernan Lynch accepts the need for smart spending

Tiernan Lynch accepts the need for smart spending

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Tiernan Lynch accepts the need for smart spending

Larne manager Tiernan Lynch said he would back plans to introduce fresh financial fair play rules in the Irish League.

NI Football League chiefs are looking at implementing a fresh model following their decision to scrap the Salary Cost Protocol (SCP) before the start of the 2021-22 season.

There has been talk of a potential wage cap but the key objective of any new financial model would be to stop clubs falling into debt.

“I would support new financial rules,” said Lynch. “I totally agree with a model that addresses the spending. It would depend on what any wage cap is. The league is getting better and stronger and you can see how much more competitive it is.

“People will say Glentoran, Larne, Linfield are bringing these players in but it also opens the door for other clubs to invest in their squads too.

“The investment is good for the league and enhances it. More top players want to come here than probably ever before.

“Look at the interest from clubs in England towards our players, not just the younger ones, and it shows how healthy the league is.

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"The opportunity to move players on to professional clubs across the water can also create revenue opportunities.”

Larne’s £100,000 move for Portadown’s Lee Bonis matched Glentoran’s fee for Shay McCartan but a Cliftonville bid for Inver Park frontman Ronan Hale was turned down.

“Ronan is a young lad, very naturally talented and a good kid,” added Lynch, whose side host the Ports at Inver Park tomorrow night.

“I’ve told him his best days are ahead of him, not behind him.

“It would be different if there was someone to replace him or the money was too good to turn down or he didn’t want to be here. We want Ronan to stay.”

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