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Since the 2020/2021 season it does no more seem possible to sign players based in England on a free transfer. I thought that maybe there was something special with 2020/2021, but now I am one months from expiring contracts at the end of the 2021/2022 season and it is still the same:

I am playing as a club based in England.

Below is an example of where the Approach To Sign option used to be available:

Cannot sign on free transfer

Also, it seems that after the contract have expired, if the player chooses to stay at the club on a weekly based contract, I still cannot sign the player.

Is it supposed to work this way? The game gave me news about England leaving the EU, and the only thing I can think of is that this has something to do with it. On the other hand, I can still sign EU players not based in England on free transfer.

I have tried google with no luck. Does anybody know the reason for this behaviour? Is it a bug?

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  • @badp Really interesting reading (should have included "brexit" in my google search...). I added to my question that I still can sign other EU players on free transfers. I did not find anything about that in the article. That I would have understood. But why can I not sign english players?
    – Magnilex
    Jan 22 '17 at 20:38
  • yeah, I didn't post an answer because I don't play this game and I don't have the full picture :) maybe it's like US work permits where the permit binds the employee to their current employer but I'm really speculating here
    – badp
    Jan 22 '17 at 20:55
  • Just noticed that now (the end of the 23/24 season) I am able to sign players again. If there was a message in my inbox about this, I missed it.
    – Magnilex
    Mar 8 '17 at 18:47
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It is apparently a feature of the game, one of the possible Brexit effects(quoting Ben Kenney from Sports Interactive):

A possible brexit scenario will see UK players protected from being signed on pre-contracts or bosmans once the England/UK has left the EU. It may still be possible to sign players from outside the EU on pre-contracts.

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