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Edinburgh City boss Gary Jardine reveals he has been offered players from all over world following promotion success


Edinburgh City manager Gary Jardine admits he is having to get used to agents trying to capitalise on their historic promotion to League Two – after being offered players from all over the world.

Just hours after the Citizens sealed a dramatic pyramid play-off victory over East Stirling on Saturday, Jardine was inundated with calls from agents trying to secure a club for their clients.

Jardine was offered players from Brazil, Spain, Italy and France.

garyjardineBut the City boss is not getting carried away by their promotion to the professional ranks and has vowed to stand by the core of the squad that secured a second successive Lowland League title.

Jardine said: “I’ve already had four agents on offering me players from all over the world. It was a Brazilian, a French, an Italian and a Spanish player that were all put to me.

“We’ve not had to deal with agents at our level previously, we’ve brought our own players through the system and then we handpick a few from our own level. But now everyone wants to be part our success.

“We’ll stick by the majority of our own players for next season and try to add others.

“One of the things that won’t change drastically for us is our income and we won’t have a big budget to work with next season.

“We want to go up and be successful, that does not mean trying to win the league but we want to go up and be competitive.”

City face a frantic summer trying to get everything in place for the start of next season.

Jardine added: “We’ve all got day jobs so we’ve not really got down to the planning for next season but we’ll have a meeting soon.

“There’s so much that we never thought about.

“The chairman (Jim Lumsden) was overjoyed about it and then had his head in his hands when he considered what’s needed.”

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