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2018/19 Season News

The Weekly News : Issue 22

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The Weekly News : Issue 22

PostedJune 29, 2018


Match v East Fife will take place at Central Park on Tuesday 14 August with a 7.45pm kick off. Note that Irn Bru Cup games this season go straight to penalties in the event of a draw after 90 minutes apart from semi finals and final.


Sunday 8 July – a reminder that this friendly match will take place at Central Park on Sunday 8 July at 2pm.


MTS Catering has agreed to take on the catering arrangements for football at Central Park for the season ahead – they currently act as caterers to the stock cars.


Kane Hemmings has signed a three year deal with Notts County. Lewis Milne has joined Raith Rovers along with Robbie Thomson. Partick Thistle have made Jamie Sneddon available for loan. Brad Donaldson has joined Edinburgh City. Ali Smith has joined Whitehill Welfare. Jordan Hornby has signed for Dundee Downfield. Matthew McInally has joined Troon. Gerry McLauchlan is at Queen’s Park. Derek Lyle has signed with Peterhead. Scott Rumsby is with Clyde. Blair Penman has joined Crossgates Primrose. Hamish Thomson has gone to Inverkeithing Hillfield Swifts.

TEMPORARY TRANSFERS 2018/19 (‘Loan Signings’)

Loan rules for next season have been amended and there are no longer any provisions for Emergency Loans.

The main Basic Principles that now apply are as follows:

  • A player on loan may play for the lending club at non-first team football level whilst on loan
  • A player on loan may not play against the lending club in any SPFL competition
  • A player may go on loan to any club in the SPFL, SHFL, SLFL, SSFL, ESFL, SJFA (subject to the rules of the receiving body)
  • All loans must begin when a Registration Window is open and continue until at least the opening of the next Registration Window (see exceptions for emergency goalkeepers, September and February)
  • The end of a loan term must be when a Registration Window is open
  • A loan player’s contract with the lending club must continue at least until the final day of the loan
  • A club may have on loan a maximum of 4 outfield players at any one time (plus any approved emergency goalkeeper); a loan which becomes permanent does not count towards this quota
  • A club may have on loan a maximum of 1 player from another club in the same SPFL division and a maximum of 2 players from a club in a different SPFL division
  • It will be permitted to loan a player or players to clubs in SPFL League 1 and SPFL League 2 during September and February (i.e. once the Registration Window has closed) - Any such loan must be fully-effected and approved by SPFL and Scottish FA on or before 30 September or 28/29 February as appropriate, must comply with the quotas noted and must be until at least the opening of the next Registration Window
  • If a club can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the SPFL that it has only one fit and available goalkeeper aged 21 or over as a result of: injury certified by an independent doctor; suspension; or international call up, then the SPFL may authorise the emergency loan of a goalkeeper from another SPFL club (the second quota noted above must be respected as must the restriction avoiding playing against the lending club)
  • An emergency goalkeeper loan shall be for a specified period of 7 days following which, if not extended as described below, the goalkeeper will immediately return to the lending club
  • An emergency goalkeeper loan may be extended for a further 7 day period by application under these provisions
  • These provisions may be used to temporarily recall a goalkeeper from an existing loan subject to the approval of all parties to that loan and the approval of the SPFL.
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