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Discussion in 'Yanks Abroad' started by ugaaccountant, Oct 29, 2003.
Is he with the 17's, 19's, Reserves? Has he even gone yet?
He's there, yes. He'll probably get with the 19s to start and if he does well, on to the ressies.
He hasn't played yet, at any level, for United.
I see why i couldn't find him in any match reports
I've talked to Jonathan more than a few times since he has been at ManU and for some reason, FIFA has not yet given him clearance to play. He was hoping to find out this past week when he would be able to play, but as of Sunday, he still didn't know. I don't exactly know why Jonathan isn't able to play while Kenny Cooper is able to and I really don't know if Jonathan does either. I do know that he played in a friendly last week in which the U-19's won 8-0 and he did get to play. When he does get to play, he will be playing for the U-19 team.
What is his work permit situation for future possible growth? When you say FIFA clearance is that the no transfer during the time windows deal?
My guess is that he isn't eligible until he turns 18 on March 1, 2004.
But that's a guess at this point.
Re: Work Permit
Closed transfer period does not apply to a free agent signing. Spector would also have to qualify for a work permit before being allowed to register with Man Utd as a player and sign a contract. There must be some other technicality holding things up.
Cooper was an open and shut case due to his ability to apply for a UK passport (his father is a British national). I cannot remember how Spector was able to qualify for his work permit, but as I said - I don't think he even could have joined the team and signed the contract if he had not already had a work permit.
Some of the rules on foreign transfers of youth players have changed even between the time Spector and Cooper signed, as well.
Spector has a German passport already, so that can't be what's holding things up...
There we go. So he has a work permit and he is already signed to a professional contract. That makes it very odd why he would not be cleared to play.