Striker recalled to The Hawthorns
ALBION have been forced to cancel Andre Wright’s loan to Yeovil under Football League rules governing the number of clubs a player can represent in one season.
Wright was due to begin his Yeovil loan this week after the 20-year-old Baggies striker had spent the first half of the season on loan to Coventry City.
But prior to that, Wright played for Albion in a Checkatrade Trophy match at Millwall on August 30 which has been designated a first-team game by the Football League.
As a result, FA rules prevent players representing a third team in one season and the young striker has been recalled to The Hawthorns.
Albion’s Director of Football Administration Richard Garlick said he was disappointed with the Football League’s ruling which left the Club with no option but to cancel Wright’s Yeovil loan.
“It’s a great shame because it would have been another excellent development opportunity for Andre,” said Garlick.
“At the time of Andre’s Checkatrade Trophy appearance, the rules were unclear regarding whether this was designated a first team or Under 23 match. We had not had the approach from Coventry at that point.
“We have checked with the Premier League and unfortunately they have now confirmed the Football League’s interpretation of the rules.”