ANDY Ambler believes cost-cutting by some of the Champioship's big-spenders will make Millwall's transfer budget more competitive this summer.
With Financial Fair Play (FFP) coming into effect from next season, clubs racking up more than £4million in losses face being hit with disciplinary measures – and so are finally tightening their belts.
There was a staggering debt of £0.9billion in the second tier last year and Ambler says the threat of a transfer embargo or fine is now influencing how clubs conduct their business.
"Whereas players were demanding higher salaries this time last year, and probably getting them, it is a different world now," he said. "Wages are coming down considerably because of market forces.
"The Football League hasn't got a new TV deal or, as things stand, a sponsor, and of course FFP is coming in. That is real money and will have an effect on what clubs are prepared to pay for players.
"It is evening itself up. It's a lot easier to say to agents that we're only prepared to pay £x-a-week for their clients than it was a year ago. Contract offers are coming down in length too. Players want security above high wages because they understand the volatility of the game.
"Players and agents generic lexapro 10 mg knew that this market was coming and I think they have done for a year now – admittedly some of them choose not to see it, but slowly their financial demands and expectations are changing.
"As a result, something you'll see more of this year is free agents hanging around a little bit before they sign anywhere – that is not neccesarily unusual – but some of the bigger clubs are realising that they've got to cut their squads. If multiple clubs are after a player, their offers will tend to be pretty similar – nobody is blowing everyone else out of the water.
"If an agent tells us there's no way their client will come to us within budget, we'll move on very quickly because we have lots of alternatives we know we can get. I think the market is helping us in that sense.
"But you've still got teams coming down with £23million of parachute payments in their back pocket, so does it make it an even playing field? No it doesn't. Wigan are selling players for a lot of money and Blackpool look like they'll get £8m if they decide to sell Tom Ince."