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Mick McDermott: Any fair play laws in Irish League must not halt our clubs’ progress

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Mick McDermott wants to see the league keep thriving. Credit: Inpho/Stephen Hamilton

Mick McDermott wants to see the league keep thriving. Credit: Inpho/Stephen Hamilton

Inpho/Stephen Hamilton

Mick McDermott wants to see the league keep thriving. Credit: Inpho/Stephen Hamilton

Glentoran manager Mick McDermott is hopeful that any new financial fair play rules implemented by the Northern Ireland Football League will not curtail the development of Irish League football.

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

It’s hoped that an updated process would allow greater flexibility for clubs in relation to player salaries and income received.

McDermott said: “I’m sure NIFL will come up with rules, like they did before. Circumstances have changed with the financial realities of each club and I’m confident there’s no club in the Irish League breaking Uefa fair play rules.

“That’s why we might need a NIFL protocol but businesses should be allowed to invest when they can afford it. We want the league to be viable and we don’t want it to lose a few teams but it’s in a strong position now. I’m sure NIFL will be working hard to ensure that it keeps going from strength to strength.”

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