Stuart Webber says Huddersfield Town are well aware of the potential effect of Brexit on player recruitment.

But the club’s football operations chief says there is no panic about a leave vote in Thursday’s EU referendum.

There are claims that coming out of the European Union could lead to hundreds losing the right to play in the UK.

Under current rules, players with an EU passport are free to play in the UK while those without must meet strict Home Office criteria to get a work visa.

According to one study, 332 European players playing in the Premier League, Championship and Scottish Premiership would fail to meet the non-EU criteria if the UK broke away from the bloc.

In the Championship, of which Town are members, it was said only 23 of the 180 non-British EU players playing would get work permits.

Webber plays a central part in new signings for German coach David Wagner’s squad, with two of his compatriots (Michael Hefele and Chris Lowe), a Croatian (Ivan Paurevic) and a Dutchman (Rajiv van La Parra) already recruited for next season and beyond.

“It would be naive for us not to have thought about what might happen if the country votes to leave the EU,” said Webber, ahead of the EU referendum.

“The outcome of the referendum is out of our hands and what will be will be.

“It’s much bigger than just football, but of course leaving would have an effect on the game as a whole and us as a club.

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“The level of that effect is uncertain, and if we did leave, changes wouldn’t happen overnight.

“They would take place over a period of years and that would provide time for us as a club to adjust accordingly.”