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Duncan Ferguson can’t sign son at Inverness Caley Thistle due to a technicality

By Will Clark

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Duncan Ferguson.
Duncan Ferguson.

Manager Duncan Ferguson says he is unable to sign his son Cameron Ferguson at Inverness Caledonian Thistle due to a technicality.

Ferguson’s son was on trial at Inverness Caledonian Thistle after being released from Newcastle United in January.

Cameron (20) who plays as a striker, was on loan at Scottish League Two club Forfar Athletic during the first half of the season.

Despite impressing on trial at the club, Inverness were made aware of a cross border rule regarding a player can only be involved with three teams in a season.

While also a player at Newcastle, Ferguson also played in the under-21 team at Newcastle, which in England counts as a second team. On loan at Forfar Athletic earlier this season counted as a third team under English rules.

In Scotland, playing in a club’s under 21’s team does not count as a second team.

Ferguson said as a result, they are unable to sign his son at the club.

He said: “Unfortunately, there’s been a technicality we knew nothing about under cross-border rules, with three clubs.

“In England, if you’ve played for the under 21s that counts. In Scotland it doesn’t.
“If he had played for Rangers under 21s and went Forfar and played, he would have been alright.

“But in England for some reason, if you’ve even played a minute for the under 21s, that counts as his third team.

“He has played for Newcastle 21s and Forfar, so I can’t sign him.

“I think I would have been close to signing him.”

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