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FM19 - Making a Manager - 06 - Semi-Pro Player Recruitment

A tutorial on the basics of player recruitment & contract management in the game, with focus on the semi-pro side of things.

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Football Manager e-Cource - FM19 - Making a Manager - 06 - Semi-Pro Player Recruitment

Know What You Need

The worst thing you can do, going into the transfer market, is to go in blind. It is essential that you know, or have a pretty good idea, of the capabilities of your current set of players. You need to know their strengths, limitations, and depth in each position, as well as overall depth. As we discussed in the second episode, a squad analysis will give you a good idea of what you need to add to, or remove from, your squad.

Financial limitations will play a major part in your transfer plans. Quite simply, a club in debt would not be able to spend (major) money on new signings. Finances may impose limitations on any potential targets you have identified and you may need to adjust your plans accordingly. You cannot afford to bankrupt your football club for the sake of signing a good player.

Before signing players, you should also familiarise yourself with the registration & work permit rules of the league/country/competition you are managing in. There is no worse feeling than signing an exciting player only to find out he is ineligible to play due to competition restrictions, or work permit difficulties. You can find the rules in the competition's Rules section. It may seem a trivial concept but ignoring it can be a true sucker punch.

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