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Blooms appointed to PFA working party

Club captain involved in discussions over league-wide wage issues.

17 April 2020

Wycombe captain Matt Bloomfield has been selected by the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) to join a working party to discuss issues relating to the PFA's recommendation that League 1 and 2 players should defer 25% of their wages during the suspension of the league season.

Bloomfield joins the panel alongside Peter Clarke (Tranmere), John Mousinho (Oxford), Matt Harrold (Leyton Orient), Scott Cuthbert (Stevenage) and Mat Sadler (Walsall).

In a statement issued to the media on Thursday, Wanderers chairman Rob Couhig confirmed that the club will not be asking its players to defer wages.

He said: "We have not asked players to defer their wages in April. Our understanding of the joint statement (from the EFL and PFA) was that while it permitted clubs to request a deferral of the players' wages, it was not a mandate. My belief is that deferrals are loans from our future revenue. To the extent we can avoid doing so, we will try to avoid accumulating debt that will impact our future operations.

"We continue to communicate with the players through their leadership in the hope that a global solution to all issues arising from the shutdown can be resolved. We expect to have a better understanding of a possible resolution by the end of April.”

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