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14 September 2012

Town get green light after cutting through red tape to sign midfielder on year's deal

Town have finally signed French Guinea midfielder Cheick Kourouma on a year’s contract.

The 20-year-old impressed Blues’ boss Paul Jewell while on trial at the Club at the end of last season and featured for Town in the summer friendlies.

He agreed a one year deal before the campaign got underway but complicated paperwork  clearance had to be obtained from eight clubs he represented as a junior from the age of 12 before the deal could be completed.

Town registered all the paperwork by the August 31 deadline and have today received clearance from all the authorities that Cheick is clear to represent the Club.

“It’s been an area of particular frustration for me in how long this process has taken,” Town’s chief executive Simon Clegg told the Club website.

“Despite none of these clubs offering him a professional contract, under the relatively new FIFA compensation regulations, we could have been liable for nearly 250,000 Euros compensation to these clubs. 

“Despite some of these clubs not even having any record of Cheick having been there, the mere sniff of compensation from an English Championship club had suddenly got them all very excited.”

Town boss Paul Jewell admits he didn’t think the deal would go through at one stage and said: “There was so much red tape involved and clubs were coming out of the woodwork that it looked like it was not going to work.

“I was disappointed for the lad but the Club have cut their way through the red tape and got over the line in the end.”

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