Alex Jones will return to Blues after his proposed transfer to A-League team Wellington Pheonix was rejected by FIFA.
The A-League outfit attempted to bring in Jones for the rest of the season but the online process for the transfer to go through was not able to be completed in time.
The striker has only played for the U21 Blues squad but Gary Rowett felt it was best for him to move to another club. However Jones will have to stay at Blues now for the rest of the season.
“While FIFA acknowledged the individual circumstances at NZF which led to the delay of Alex’s transfer, they have ruled to protect the integrity of their global deadlines for the transfer of players,” NZF competitions manager Daniel Farrow said.
“Given the unfortunate circumstances, we are obviously disappointed at the outcome for both Alex and the Wellington Phoenix.”
Phoenix are second last in the A-League standings and have won just two games since mid-November.
Here’s what Jones said on Twitter about the circumstances: