Good day! You might notice I’m blogging more than ever at the moment – it’s amazing what you get up to on your days off work. Anyway, seeing as the Academy has reached the point where re-gens are key and I get at least one person on Twitter every week asking how to find a re-gen, let’s get this sorted.
Just in case you don’t know, every time a player retires on CM9798 (and most CMs for that matter) they regenerate as a younger version of themselves. Whilst they won’t be at their peak straight away, it’s an open goal in terms of development as you know what they will improve to become. I usually loan them out for a few seasons if I’m a big club but at the Academy we don’t really have that luxury, they need to learn on the job. With that in mind, there are only a few things to look out for.
Firstly, the position and nationality will never change. That makes some players very easy to find, for example Hristo Stoichkov. There aren’t many Bulgarian forward left/centre’s knocking around.
There are three stats that will never change: Aggression, Creativity and Injury Proneness. The others can adjust, which you’d expect as things like stamina will decrease as a player gets older and it would be a bit harsh if the re-gen is stuck being slow forever.
With Gazza and his re-gen, I was able to use the injury proneness stat to find him fairly easily. It helps that his creativity is stupidly low at 6 and it makes him quite identifiable. It turns out young Tarkan was actually an exact replica of real Gazza, down to the chicken and fishing rod.
Something to be aware of is that some players don’t have all their stats in the database, so they are randomly generated at the start of the game. That means they will differ from game to game but if you’re looking for the real top players, you’ll have no such problem.
That’s really all there is to it. Of course you can also play the percentages and make sure your shortlist is full. Then on the last day before the game updates, launch bids for players who you think are going to retire. Assuming they do, your bid will carry over to the re-gen when the update has finished. Obviously there’s a few ifs and buts in there to take the shortcut but if you are lazy like me it’s ideal.
You’ll have noticed a couple of those re-gens are at Wimbledon. That’s because they were provided by friend of the blog Samed Fellgriff – thank you for your help on this project.
I decided to put all of this into practice and track down some players on the Academy save, seeing as we are almost 6 full seasons down now.
It’s slightly tougher for goalkeepers as they don’t have creativity.
Having the young Gazza and the young Hendry can only turn out well.
I’ve missed out on Gary Pally. Shame.
Fulham get the joy of a very angry man
His name is John Bar-nes or actually Rodney Gascoigne. Bit weird that Gazza came back as Waddle and Barnes came back as Gascoigne. Wonder who got Dorigo?
Sticking with the Italia 90 theme and when I actually let Beardsley retire he comes back as Mitchell Izzet.
Zola junior turned me down, saving you having to hear me refer to Zoju for years to come.
Sadly, I thought I had the Wrighty re-gen but I don’t. I guess Sedgemore is somebody less successful. He is now Grant Storer.
There’s been a bit of a glitch in the matrix here. These two can’t deny each other:
But it’s his first season…
…and aged 35 is in the Brazil Under 21 squad
I think we’ll quit whilst we are ahead. I hope this has helped but feel free to ask any questions. My thanks again to Samed Fellgriff for the screenshots and help with this piece, it is much appreciated.