Garrett impresses but will have to wait

first_imgFOR Jeremy Garrett, Monday was a bittersweet one in Portugal, as he found out that despite impressing while on trial for Sporting Clube de Portugal, he would have to wait until next July to rejoin the club. The 17-year-old central midfield defender of Fruta Conquerors FC has been on trial for the past two weeks and according to his club president Alex Bunbury he has performed exceptionally well.“He (Jeremy) did well enough that they want and like him, unfortunately because of the FIFA ruling about international players under 18 they could not keep him and what they’re offering is for him to return in July for preseason work on his visa,” stated Bunbury.He also added that if everything goes well Jeremy could be signed in January of 2018.The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) ruling Bunbury is referring to is Article 19 of FIFA rules and regulations which relates to ‘Protection of Minors’. The article states that “International transfers of players are only permitted if the player is over the age of 18”.The article does, however, allow three exceptions to the rule: a) The player’s parents move to the country in which the new club is located for reasons not linked to football; b) The transfer takes place within the territory of the European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) and the player is aged between 16 and 18; and finally the player lives no further than 50km from a national border and the club with which the player wishes to be registered in the neighbouring association is also within 50km of that border.The maximum distance between the player’s domicile and the club’s headquarters shall be 100km. In such cases, the player must continue to live at home and the two associations concerned must give their explicit consent.So for Jeremy, the future is bright and the youngster has from now until July of 2017 to improve his game, but for now, he has already made Guyana and himself proud.last_img

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