Thursday 11 December 2014 12:00, UK
Goalkeeper Jamie Ashdown has been denied the chance of a move to Fulham by Football League transfer rules.
Ashdown, 34, was approached by Fulham last week following the dismissal of Marcus Bettinelli in their 5-0 home defeat to Watford and was hoping to face former club Leeds at Elland Road on Saturday.
But Ashdown, who left Crawley by mutual consent at the end of November, missed the loan transfer window deadline and must wait until January 3 before he can sign for another club.
"I'm really gutted not to have the chance to come up against Leeds and show my wares in the Championship again," Ashdown said.
"After the injury last year I fought so hard to get back to fitness and was delighted to prove my fitness and then with the unbeaten results with Crawley.
"Fulham would have been a fantastic opportunity to show what I'm capable of and playing against Leeds, where I never really had a look in, would have been the icing on the cake."
Former Portsmouth goalkeeper Ashdown spent just over two years at Leeds, but was dogged by a foot injury and restricted to just eight appearances before his release in the summer.
He joined Sky Bet League One side Crawley in August and kept clean sheets in his first four matches for John Gregory's side before going on to make a total of 12 appearances.