Blues boss Gary Rowett has been left frustrated after Alex Jones’ move to Wellington Pheonix couldn’t be finalised.
The gaffer was hoping Jones could go and get some first team action in the A-League, but the move has been blocked after the New Zealand Football Federation didn’t complete the necessary moves to confirm the deal.
And Rowett has been left understandably annoyed by the outcome- which wasn’t the fault of either Blues or Wellington.
“It’s incredibly disappointing for Alex,” said Rowett.
“He had to wait for a visa for about a week to start with and then he eventually flew over. From our point as a Club all the paperwork was done and ready.
“I think it was just an administrative error so I don’t quite know the ins and outs of it, but of course it’s very frustrating for Alex,” Rowett said.
Jones has already completed a successful loan spell at Grimsby Town this season and was hoping to impress at a higher level in Australia.
And Rowett feels that the move could have given Jones the push he needed to break into the first team.
“I think the lad just wants to prove that he’s close to our First Team and we all felt that was probably the best opportunity for him proving himself in the A-league at a good standard with good players.
“He was guaranteed to play rather than going out into the Conference. Unfortunately it’s now a bit of a slap in the face that he’s now got to come all the way back. I think we’ll now look for another team for him.
“It’s always difficult because for him it’s frustrating mentally as he thought he was going to get an opportunity and he’s gone all that way and had to come back.
“They’ve asked if they can have a look at him for a little bit longer, but I think I’ll politely refuse that one and he won’t be doing that.
“He’s 21 or 22 so at some point he’s got to be closer to our team or otherwise he’s got to prove it elsewhere.
“It’s a shame for the boy.”