Your statement is correct but you obviously did not read my post correctly. As I stated, the player must be trained for 3 years by the time they reach their 21st birthday (and must be trained for that period in the same country as your own team if loaned out). I admit my example was wrong and badly worded as I bought the Serbian defender a few days before his 18th birthday. A better example would of been Adryan who was bought when he was 17 and homegrown by the time he was 20.Sorry but mld81 is NOT CORRECT.
For a player to be considered home grown, he must have been playing/training in England BEFORE he is 18. If he comes when he is over 18, even if he comes on the very day he turns 18 he will not be considered home grown. This is because he isn't able to complete three FULL years before he turns 21.
mld81, you better start stocking on some u18 cuz I think you're going to have less home grown players than you think!
This homegrown rule is why it's a bit annoying when you sign any sort of South American talent. They're never considered homegrown because they can only transfer over to Europe once they're 18.
Well Adryan is classed as home grown on my save. I will try uploading a screenshot when I get a chance as I believe there is a way to check home grown statuses.mmm... I'm not sure Adryan would qualify as homegrown. As he can only transfer after he's 18, he'll won't be able to spend 3 full years at a English club before his 21st birthday.
The best way is to look to buy foreign players, BUT who are also part of the EU. That way they can transfer and train at your club before they're 18. And don't need any pesky work permits.
I'll second that thought. I've always seen the rule as if they are under 19 & they stay in the same country then they will be home grown. The 3 years counts up until the day before they turn 22. (This is the case in England/Scotland. Not sure about other nations.It is.. It's three full years at the club up-to but not including their 22nd birthday.