Do you know if a 2 year / 40 week per year contract ever been successfully challenged by a player?
Clubs have been successful issuing such contracts for a long time - while they may be theoretically open to legal challenges because of the break period, I know that the FAI have accepted single registration forms for the 2 season period.
Obviously now that we are running 52 week contracts this question becomes irrelevant to us (unless we are looking to sign a player half way through such a contract!)
If a player can claim JB then it's obviously in his interest to accept a 2 year 40 week contract as he has something for the following year. The only time a player might contest it is where a club decides not to honour the second year for whatever reason. I still maintain the player is not registered until his form is accepted by the FAI, and that can't happen until the club's budget has been accepted.
I know we are exploring the nuances here oldfogey, and we run the risk of boring those with little interest in the minutiae of this, but
1) If a player was on a 2 year / 40 week contract and wished to move club without a transfer fee (being able to negotiate a better deal for himself with the new club) then he would obviously be well motivated to contest the legitimacy of this type of contract if it was not watertight (Will Fitzgerald of Limerick is on such a contract and they allegedly want €40k transfer fee).
The absence of any such challenge tells me that the FAI have completely accepted the validity of this type of contract and registration for a long time
2) If you believe that a players registration is not accepted by the FAI until the club's budget for that season has been approved, what do you make of the situation with contracts and registrations for Sean Gannon or Patrick McEleney for 2020 season?
To answer my own question, while new registrations for the season may be dependent on FAI budget approval for the immediate season ahead,you can be absolutely certain that Gannon and MCEleney registrations were accepted by the FAI without any sight of a 2020 budget