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Wright and Cotter Left Out of 21-Man Senior Squad
Monday, 22nd Feb 2021 16:15

The EFL has published its clubs’ squads for the second half of the season following the January transfer window, confirming that the Blues have left Harry Wright and Barry Cotter out of a senior list of 21 rather than 22 players.

Due to the salary cap, which it was recently announced will be scrapped from the end of the season, clubs were permitted to name only 22 players aged over 21 on New Year’s Day 2020 in a senior squad.

That squad was limited to a wage bill of £2.5 million but with contracts signed prior to the introduction of the cap treated at a lower level, as if they are worth £113,000 per annum.

Town have named only 21 players as a 22nd would take them over that £2.5 million limit. As had been expected, keeper Wright and right-back Cotter are both over 21 and left out of the squad, meaning they are unavailable for selection during the second half of the season.

With Adam Przybek on loan at Chesterfield, 19-year-old Bert White, who joined the club on a free transfer after leaving AFC Wimbledon in the summer, is the Blues' third-choice keeper for the second half of the season.

Town's 29 players on the contracted players under-21 list is more than anyone else in the division, although five players - Przybek, Idris El Mizouni, Corrie Ndaba, Ben Folami and Brett McGavin - are out on loan for the second half of the season and the list includes five of the six incoming loan signings. The full lists for all EFL clubs can be found here.

Town senior squad

Teddy Bishop
Luke Chambers
David Cornell
Aaron Drinan
Gwion Edwards
Myles Kenlock
Josh Harrop
Oli Hawkins
Tomas Holy
Emyr Huws
Kayden Jackson
Alan Judge
Jon Nolan
James Norwood
Toto Nsiala
Freddie Sears
Cole Skuse
Kane Vincent-Young
Stephen Ward
James Wilson
Luke Woolfenden

Contracted players under-21

Levi Andoh
Elkan Baggott
Keanan Bennetts
Kai Brown
Zak Brown
Tawanda Chirewa
Bailey Clements
Ross Crane
Dylan Crowe
Armando Dobra
Flynn Downes
Andre Dozzell
Idris El Mizouni
Ben Folami
Liam Gibbs
Thomas Hughes
Jack Lankester
Luke Matheson
Brett McGavin
Mark McGuinness
Ben Morris
Corrie Ndaba
Tristan Nydam
Troy Parrott
Adam Przybek
Tyreece Simpson
Tommy Smith
Luke Thomas
Bert White

Photo: Matchday Images

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positivity added 16:30 - Feb 22
good that jackson and nolan are in.

must mean that lambert can be persuaded to swallow his petty pride
or(even better)
that someone else will come in who can use them!

TractorFrog added 16:37 - Feb 22
Very strange to leave out Wright and Cotter, when there’s no harm whatsoever in including one of them. It’s unlikely, but maybe one of them will suddenly become brilliant in training, or there will be multiple injuries in the goalkeeper or right-back position and one of them will be needed. But now, neither of them will be allowed to play. Very strange.

TractorFrog added 16:39 - Feb 22
Sorry, just seen that that would take them over the wage limit. Ignore my previous comment.

Dissboyitfc added 16:57 - Feb 22
I thought the wage cap was scrapped?

Dissboyitfc added 16:58 - Feb 22
ok reread it!

pup12 added 17:39 - Feb 22
Dissboyitfc I agree ,I thought wage cap was over turned ?anyone got more information on this please

jazzback added 18:19 - Feb 22
Wage cap is still in place until the end of the season. Next season no limits

Radlett_blue added 19:09 - Feb 22
Town have 52 professional players. This is absurd. Lambert has now been here for well over 2 years & he seems to have no idea how to manage a squad or get the best out of the players he has. O'Neill doesn't seem to have the authority to take football decisions. The whole Town situation is crying out for a Director of Football.

leroy2488 added 22:41 - Feb 22
May have been sensible to have kept Cotter in the squad and left KVY out for the second half of the season, as he’s not available at present.
Assuming he’d still get paid and it wouldn’t make any difference to next seasons squad, he could have just concentrated on getting fit.
We’re not overcrowded with fit RB’s.

RobsonWark added 23:02 - Feb 22
Should have not included no.4 and no.8

CraigEdwards added 01:56 - Feb 23
Cotter off to Cardiff

tractorboybig added 09:02 - Feb 23
wright really should move on away from this crap club

beornioblue added 09:27 - Feb 23
Anyone else think that Cotter should have been given more of a chance ? With Kane out until 2047 ,but doing well, he surely would have given more attacking options than chambers ? Also has anyone kept tabs on how Donacien doing at fleetwood ?

Linkboy13 added 10:32 - Feb 23
The fact that no one wants to take Cotter on loan apart from the likes of Chelmsford speaks volumes, but every player has his favourites no matter how good or bad. Donacian on the other hand is on a different planet to Cotter and has been outstanding according to Fleetwood's reports and has played every game and is a decent league one player.

dougalmcguire added 11:25 - Feb 23
It's a shame that Lambert has pigeon-holed Donacien as a centre half based on knowing him when he was a kid at Aston Villa. He is clearly the best fit option at right back and it must have been so frustrating for him to watch even Edwards given a go in front of him. I would be surprised if Chambers doesn't retire in the summer for a coaching job at Ipswich.


IpswichToon added 15:39 - Feb 23
Why is the wage cap still in force for the remainder of the season when the independent panel determined it was unenforceable?

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