SEVEN clubs have applied to be admitted to the 2014/15 Lowland League – and the Evening News understands more than half of those applicants come from Edinburgh and the Lothians.
The league board will now analyse the applicants and decide whether they can be granted membership. Up to four teams can be accommodated to create a maximum 16-team division.
Spartans currently top this season’s Lowland League, although it is only from next season that the winners can compete in a play-off against the champions of the Highland League for a place in SPFL League Two.
In order to gain admittance to the Lowland Football League, applicants will need to prove that they can achieve a club license by May 2015. Sporting performance will also be scrutinised to make sure the league is competitive.
Andrew Waddell, chairman of the Lowland League, said: “We are delighted that there has been such an interest in the league and we will now look at each application on its own merits and assess them to ensure that they will be in a position to meet the entry requirements.”
“This process will take a few weeks to complete and clubs will know by the end of April on the outcome of their application.”