Posted by Graham Goodman on 31st July 2004 at 12:15 GMT
Posted from 188.8.131.52 (82-32-86-97.cable.ubr01.chap.blueyonder.co.uk)
In reply to Re: Junior B or Junior A posted by Blueliner on 30th July 2004 at 19:57 GMT:
It is a team contract they are signing, but the Work Permit rules are a legal requirement set at Government level. The rules were written as a result of consultation between the leagues (who form IHUK anyway) and the Government, but it was ultimately the Government's decision.
And I don't know how many times I have to say this in this thread. ECHL is the minimum standard to get a Work Permit. If you don't believe that, look at the link I posted earlier. Any player coming to the UK without ECHL experience has only been able to do so because they do not need a Work Permit.
I've never known a player deported after they got here, but I know of 2 or 3 times when a player's Work Permit has been revoked before they got over here because it became clear they didn't meet the standard. There have been considerably more instances of applications being rejected because the club mistakenly believed the player qualified.
LINK Great Britain Supporters Club