Crewe suffer Grant hitch
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Crewe Alexandra's attempts to sign midfielder Tony Grant have hit a snag.Crewe Alexandra have been told they cannot sign former Burnley midfielder Tony Grant outside the transfer window.
The 30-year-old had agreed a deal until the end of the season with The Railwaymen on Friday after a successful trial at Gresty Road.
The Football League, however, rejected the move on the grounds that Grant received a wage outside the transfer window with League One side Bristol City.
The former Everton and Manchester City player joined The Robins on a week-to-week back in August and was subsequently paid by them after the window closed on September 1.
The West Country outfit decided not to retain Grant but the fact he received a wage from the West Country outfit means he cannot sign for another club until January.
Alex boss Dario Gradi sympathised with Grant's situation and has kept the door open to sign him in the New Year.
"He is a victim of the new ruling and we have advised him to speak to The PFA about his position," Gradi told the club's official website.
"With the rule as it is at the moment he is unsignable, which seems a little harsh on him because I would imagine he has a family to look after and no income coming in until January.
"It is something he and his agent have overlooked and I can see why that could happen because it is difficult to foresee that problem arising when you are on a week-to-week contract - but that is the ruling and it is a nuisance to him.
"If we were to sign him, I'm sure no-one will be offended by it, except the rule makers.
"In the meantime, he is still able to come here and train with us and we would be prepared to wait for him until the window reopens on January 1."