April 18, 2024

Blackburn Rovers appear to have made a mistake with Duncan McGuire’s transfer.
Blackburn Rovers have been compelled to release an astonishing 217-word statement revealing a transfer error involving new signing Duncan McGuire.

The Orlando City player agreed to a loan move to Rovers on deadline day and traveled to England to be introduced as a new signing by Rovers’ social media team.

However, the EFL has not accepted the loan move because registration documents were filed after the 11 p.m. deadline last Thursday. Blackburn Rovers claim that the problem was caused by a ‘administrative error’ and that all documentation was completed before 10 p.m.

McGuire, a USA international, has 15 goals in the 2023 season for Orlando but is currently in limbo as the EFL board considers the case on Thursday. Orlando has permitted the player to remain in the UK until the case is resolved.

A Rovers statement read: “Duncan McGuire’s intended loan move to Blackburn Rovers from MLS side Orlando City has yet to be confirmed by the EFL due to registration documents being submitted after the 11pm transfer deadline.

“All of the essential signed documentation was completed prior to 10 p.m. on Thursday, February 1st; but, due to an administrative error, the documents were not processed within the specified time.


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“Detailed negotiations with legal counsel and various football authorities have taken conducted in recent days in an attempt to seek an urgent and constructive resolution to the situation.

“The club’s attorneys have produced the necessary paperwork and sent it to the EFL Board, which will review the case on Thursday, February 8th. Orlando City has granted Duncan McGuire permission to remain in the United Kingdom pending a decision by the EFL Board. If his registration is not granted, he will return to the United States and rejoin his team prior to the start of the 2024 MLS season.

“If the appeal is denied, Blackburn Rovers will aim to establish a pre-contract agreement with Orlando City in the coming weeks, allowing the player to officially join the club on a permanent basis when the 2024 summer transfer window begins. At this time, the club will not make any additional comments on the situation.

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