Pre-Contracts in football
- the basic terms of the student arrangement, scholarship contract and/or Premier League contract;
- provide that the Premier League contract is conditional upon a trigger that can be activated by the club (for example, serving notice on the player);
- the player’s remuneration details for entering into the contract/deed; and
- representations and warranties by the player (and often parents or the agent too) that typically include the acceptance of the scholarship agreement when called upon, entering into the scholarship agreement and contract, and the parent and/or agent procuring the player to sign the same, and an obligation to do such other acts or things as to ensure the registration of the contracts and possibly an obligation not to solicit or accept other offers of employment.
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About the Author
Matthew, a solicitor at Mills & Reeve LLP, specialises in Sports Law and is an FA and RFL Registered Lawyer. He advises players' associations including Professional Players Federation, Professional Footballers' Association, PFA Scotland, Rugby Players Association, 1eagu3 and their members, a number of professional football clubs, players and agents on regulatory and legal matters.