Manchester United’s Regan Poole is still waiting to make his debut for the club due to a delay in his international clearance.
The 17-year-old defender was signed this summer from Newport County but FIFA require National Associations to issue an International Transfer Certificate for any player over the age of 12 who moves to another country to play football.
At this stage, Man United have not been granted this and it’s unfortunate delay for Poole who has only been able to play friendly games.
This is not the first time that international clearance has delayed a youngster’s start at United as Timothy Fosu-Mensah suffered the same fate last summer after joining from Ajax.
There is plenty of excitement around Poole and getting to see him in action with United’s U18s. In the mean time, he is away on international duty with Wales U19s and has been getting plenty of recognition having been nominated for Wales’ Young Player of the Year award.
Although he missed out on the award, it shows that Poole’s talent has been recognised and he was happy to just be nominated.
“It’s been an incredible night,” said Poole.
“It’s great to be nominated and well done to Tommy on winning.
“Our nation always believes in young players and what we’re doing with the under-17s and the under-19s now sums that up.
“We’re following what the seniors are doing and hopefully they can finish the job at the weekend against Bosnia.”
Hopefully there won’t be much more of a delay for Poole and he’ll be able to get his United career underway sooner rather than later.
With Axel Tuanzebe and RoShaun Williams making the step-up to U19s and U21s football, there’s an opportunity for Poole to come in and make a name for himself as an established centre-back for the U18s – and he’ll be keen to get playing as soon as possible.