The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Sam El­liott

FLEETWOOD TOWN are giv­ing in-de­mand Nathan Fer­gu­son a trial – de­spite Grays Ath­letic’s ini­tial com­plaint that they had made an il­le­gal ap­proach for their player.

Ry­man Pre­mier Grays with­drew their ac­cu­sa­tion of an il­le­gal ap­proach for the 19-year-old mid­fielder af­ter ear­lier re­leas­ing a state­ment slam­ming the 2012 Con­fer­ence cham­pi­ons.

The Non-League Blues were ini­tially fu­ri­ous with League One Fleetwood af­ter be­ing forced to do with­out Fer­gu­son for yes­ter­day’s league match with Lewes, the teenager in­stead train­ing in the north-west.

They hit out at both club and player for their be­hav­iour.

But af­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion with Cod Army of­fi­cials, Grays ac­cepted a lo­gis­ti­cal is­sue had pre­vented them from re­ceiv­ing the manda­tory seven-day ap­proach.

“Both Grays Ath­letic and Fleetwood Town would like to set the record straight with re­gards to Nathan Fer­gu­son,” a sec­ond state­ment read.

“Due to a mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion with pa­per­work, Grays did not re­ceive a seven-day no­tice but this has now been re­solved am­i­ca­bly and both par­ties are happy that an il­le­gal ap­proach did not take place.

“Nathan re­mains a Grays Ath­letic player but a sev­en­day no­tice has now been re­ceived from Fleetwood which Grays ac­knowl­edge.”

The FLP un­der­stands Fer­gu­son, also wanted by Bur­ton Al­bion boss Jimmy Floyd Has­sel­baink, is now han­dled by Ra­heem Ster­ling’s con­tro­ver­sial agent Aidy Ward.

Ward an­noyed the foot­ball world with his con­duct dur­ing England star Ster­ling’s trans­fer from Liver­pool to Manch­ester City dur­ing the sum­mer.

He even­tu­ally left An­field for £49m, but the agent was blamed by Kop fans for driv­ing the prospect out.

OFF THE MARK: Brighton’s Bobby Zamora cel­e­brates with An­drew Crofts af­ter the game

TRIAL: Nathan Fer­gu­son

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