The National League has set up a working group to look at introducing a salary cap of £900,000 for clubs starting in the 2022-23 season.

Member clubs voted in favour of the cap at the league’s Annual General Meeting held on July 3 and set a target of bringing “a full proposal” before the board next year.

The idea of a cap was first floated last summer with a group of clubs suggesting limits of £900,00 for National League clubs and £540,000 for National League North and South sides.

In other votes, the League voted to set up a Standards/Ethics Committee which “will draw up terms of reference for the committee in consultation with all member clubs to be approved at a future general meeting,” according to a statement.

In less surprising news, the league confirmed the promotion of champions Sutton United and play-off winners Hartlepool United and accepted Southend United and Grimsby Town to make up a 23-team top division next season.

There will be only three clubs relegated to restore the division to 24 clubs for the 2022-23 campaign.

Chairman Jack Pearce, who replaced Brian Barwick who resigned at the end of the season, informed the meeting the season would “not begin without spectators or suitable grant funding.”

In his statement, Pearce added: “A contingency is also being discussed, should the season not be completed in its entirety. The League will be meeting with clubs to finalise these arrangements.  

“The League also recognises there is still disquiet from many clubs in a number of areas and the League are committed to meet with all clubs to address these issues in the very near future. “

Three directors were appointed with Richard Simkin, Commercial Director at of Stockport County and Chesterfield director Martin Thacker along with Aldershot Town chairman Shahid Azeem who was appointed for a third term.

Barnet’s Tony Kleanthous departed the board and there was no mention of Yeovil Town chairman Scott Priestnall, so one assumes he remains a board director.




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