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Darragh MacAnthony: Peterborough United owner proposes new NFL-style draft for loan signings

Darragh MacAnthony (left) wants to see a draft system introduced like the NFL (right). Credit: PA

Peterborough United owner Darragh MacAnthony has proposed the introduction of an NFL-style draft to allow League One and League Two clubs to sign some of the Premier League's best young players on loan.

Mr MacAnthony, who lives in America, floated the idea on his Twitter page on Thursday.

He suggested that each Premier League club would pick five players aged between 17 and 20 to enter the televised draft, at which point the 48 clubs in Leagues One and Two would then fight it out to take two players each on season-long loans.

League One teams would be eligible to sign players from the previous season's top 10 Premier League clubs, while players from the bottom 10 Premier League clubs would be sent out on loan to League Two.

Jason Cummings (left), Jamie Walker (centre) and Tyler Denton (right) are all on loan at Peterborough this season. Credit: PA

Those clubs who only just survived relegation from League One, as well as the four promoted clubs from League Two, would get to pick first.

The draft wouldn't apply to Championship clubs.

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Mr MacAnthony said that EFL clubs wouldn't have to contribute towards a player's wages from the draft, but they would have to guarantee them a certain percentage of playing time or risk being banned from the following season's draft.

The proposal has received positive feedback from some of Mr MacAnthony's followers on Twitter, and Mr MacAnthony himself described it as a "win-win" for both EFL and Premier League clubs.

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Peterborough have three players on loan this season, all from Championship clubs, with Mr MacAnthony claiming that taking players on loan from the Premier League is currently too much of a "financial burden".