A leading football agent is warning that players running out of contract in June could enter a no man’s land with the football calendar all over the place.
Gary Mellor, senior partner at Potteries-based Beswicks Sports, says the likes of former Stoke City and Port Vale favourite Carl Dickinson could be caught up in the mayhem and left with no club and no income.
He fears scores of lower-league players will be caught in the trap and suffer the financial consequences.
“From my point of view,” said Mellor, “I have concerns for clients like Jake Dunwoody at Stoke whose contract ends in June.
“It’s the same for Carl Dickinson, a player well known to Stoke and Vale fans, because he falls out of contract at the same time at Yeovil and still has a young family to support.
“These are the kinds of people you think about at times like this because the future is so uncertain.
“You would hope that players at Championship level, and certainly Premier League level, will be ok, but I do worry about the future of many players lower down.
“My gut instinct is that we won’t be playing again until August, at the earliest.
“So for those players coming out of contract, opportunities are going to be thin on the ground.”
There is also a fear that players currently on loan, like James Chester at Stoke and Jake Taylor at Vale, could also enter a twilight period.
But Mellor says: “As for those players out on loan at the moment, I can see those loans being extended on a week-by-week basis to take into account the extension of the current season.