Absolutely. Particularly in the current environment, where there are going to be hundreds of players out of contract with the possibility of picking up some very good players for a fraction of what they would have previously been earning. A few hundred grand could go a long way.
It's just not practical or enforceable IMO, especially for 'next' season whenever that is. I suspect a number of clubs have existing players under contract for next season, that would break that threshold already. I'm thinking Bradford, Salford, Mansfield.
For exactly the same reasons, I think this could finish 4-4, riddled with errors.
We'll hopefully have some quality off the bench which should be to our advantage, but I think the fittest and strongest team will ultimately prevail.
By law of averages teams will get promoted 1 in 4 times in the playoffs. They should reach the final 2 in 4 times. For me the 4 second leg playoff matches we have been involved with, probably all rate in my list of favourite ECFC games. 3 of the 4 finals however have been some of my low points...
One more point and we'd still be in the playoffs. 4 more points and we'd have finished third.
The distance between Exeter and Colchester, IMO actually makes being away in the first leg a disadvantage. We're going to be knackered after a 20 hour day, with a game of football in the middle, with...