Don't focus on donations. Don't focus on Level 46 perks. Focus on the fact that you need people and your squad is good.
Donations and perks are not the selling points, people should want in your squad even if it was brand spanking new ... tell them why.
I would still love to talk merger with you guys. I look at your squad and see quite a few people who would grow by leaps and bounds in TheMidnightMob or the TheMorningMob and we definitely have room coming (a few retirements are sadly coming down).
Other than that ... what you HAVE to do is keep yourselves between 16-19 players so you are featured. That will at least give you a chance to get to 20. You won't grow beyond that, but you can get to 20.
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