WREXHAM boss Brian Carey has urged the FA to allow common sense to prevail as the club await a verdict on Mike Carvill’s future.
Carey swooped for the teenage striker after his contract was cancelled by his former side Charlton in January and the transfer had seemed a formality when he was presented to the media alongside keeper John Ruddy last Friday.
However, his unveiling proved to be premature, as a dispute over paperwork now threatens to derail the deal and leave Carvill’s career in limbo.
The FA are claiming that they did not receive confirmation of the termination of the forward’s contract with the Premiership outfit until three days after the transfer window’s closure.
That would mean that the player was still registered with the Addicks at the start of February and was not – as Carey had believed – a free agent, making him ineligible for a switch.
The Dragons, however, who have received the backing of the PFA, have appealed to the governing body to give their blessing to the move.
“It just needs a bit of common sense from the FA,” said Carey yesterday. “The rules are the rules but it doesn’t make any sense stopping a player from working, it could ruin his career.
“He’s training with us and we are hopeful but we are just waiting on the FA to get back to us about the deal.”
If the FA rule against the appeal, it could leave Carvill without a club – and without an income – until August.
Carey added: “It’s a disgrace and it’s a shame for the lad because if he’s not allowed to sign, then he won’t be able to play for the rest of the season.
“It’s really frustrating. Hopefully it will get itself sorted out this week.”
The Dragons boss believes Carvill can be a useful asset to his struggling side.
“He’s a young, fast striker who works hard and has scored plenty of goals,” said Carey. “He’s had a few problems with illness and injury while he was at Charlton and we’re hoping to give him a second chance.
“Mike will be a very good addition to the squad, he’ll give us something a bit different.
“There have been incidents in the past where the rules have stopped players from playing and it just not an ideal situation.”
PFA Executive Simon Barnet hoped the situation would be resolved but suggested that legal action, should the appeal go against Carvill, would be futile.
“The FA try and do things by the book,” he said. “The nature of the job is that they have to do that because the regulations are in place, but in this instance you would like to think they could use a bit of common sense, especially as all parties are saying that his contract was terminated within the transfer window.
“If you are looking at a Bosman-type situation where you can start trying to take Fifa to court, but the Bosman case took five years to get to court, which isn’t going to help the lad.”
A spokesman for the FA yesterday confirmed the governing body is awaiting documentation from Charlton that Carvill’s contract was terminated before the January 31 deadline.
He said: “We have asked Charlton for evidence that his registration was cancelled before the window closed, because if he was then an out of contract player he is not bound by the transfer window.”
Meanwhile, manager Carey has backed on-loan keeper Ruddy to bounce back from his difficult debut against Peterborough.
“I thought John acquitted himself quite well,” said Carey. “It wasn’t an easy game to go in to, but I thought he did quite well. He’s a good keeper and I’m confident he’ll prove that.”
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