TOWN will back moves to tighten up the rules on loan signings at this week’s Football League annual meeting.
Championship rivals Watford brought in 15 players on temporary deals to help last season’s failed promotion push.
In many cases, the Hornets, beaten by Crystal Palace in the play-off final at Wembley a week ago, utilised owner Gino Pozzo’s stakes in Italian club Udinese and Spain’s Granada.
They included Udinese’s Czech striker Matej Vydra, Watford’s 22-goal top scorer who won the Championship Player of the Season award.
While the current rules limit a club to playing a maximum of five loanees at any one time, foreign players are exempt from the regulation.
It’s a loophole a string of clubs, including Town, hope to close, with a vote taking place at Friday’s summit in Vilamoura, Portugal.
“We have nothing against Watford, on the contrary, they are a club we get on well with and admire,” said Town chief executive Nigel Clibbens.
“They played a very attractive brand of football under Gianfranco Zola last season, and did the double over us, beating us at Vicarage Road in January in some style.
“But our feeling is that the rules should cover spirit as well as detail, and while Watford did nothing wrong, the system should now be tightened.”
Town had six players on loan last season, and hope to sign Norwich striker James Vaughan (right), their 14-goal top scorer, on a permanent basis. The other five were Leicester duo Jermaine Beckford and Neil Danns, Derby’s Theo Robinson, Reading’s Simon Church and Wolves’ Adam Hammill.