The Foot­ball League Pa­per says...

Just let the play­ers ply their trade...

The Football League Paper - - NEWS -

IMAG­INE this sce­nario – you’ve given ster­ling ser­vice in your job for a num­ber of years and de­cide, with the agree­ment of your em­ployer, that it’s the right time for a parting of the ways.

Your boss per­haps wants to take a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion and you feel as though you need a fresh chal­lenge. Fair enough, and you walk out the door.

But you’re then told you can’t take another job in the same in­dus­try for four months.

How would you feel? Fu­ri­ous, an­gry, up­set, con­fused, wor­ried.

Well, that’s ef­fec­tively the sit­u­a­tion Dean Cox found him­self in when he left Ley­ton Ori­ent. With all the pa­per­work not com­pleted to ter­mi­nate his con­tract by mu­tual con­sent be­fore the trans­fer win­dow closed on Au­gust 31, the 29-year-old winger was left in a night­mare po­si­tion.

By the time his O’s exit was rat­i­fied, he could sign for another club – but wouldn’t be able to play for them un­til Jan­uary. That means four months, or vir­tu­ally half a sea­son, of not be­ing able to do your job be­cause a trans­fer win­dow has closed.

Surely that is a re­straint of trade and will be chal­lenged in the courts in the fu­ture, just as Jean-Marc Bos­man fought for the right of a player to move for free at the end of his con­tract in the 1990s.

A player’s ca­reer is a short one and to miss half a sea­son when you are fit and ready to play just doesn’t seem to have any logic – or fair­ness – be­hind it.

Thank­fully for Cox, Craw­ley Town have signed him on a three-year con­tract, though he told us he won’t be paid un­til Jan­uary.

In the mean­time, he is al­lowed to go on loan to a part-time Na­tional League South club. But we be­lieve he de­serves the right to play on a big­ger stage – and sim­ply do his job.

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