BRISTOL City have tried to poach goalkeeper Scott Brown from under the noses of Welshpool Town, according to the Powys County Times.
" In what amounts to an amazing transfer saga, the highly rated Pool stopper appeared to have signed for Bristol City - receiving international clearance to play in England - but has been re-signed by the Maesydre Club in time for Saturday's match at Caernarfon," reports the newspaper's Dan Brennan.
Welshpool chairman Steve Hughes told the County Times the club had been left stunned by the week's transfer shenanigans.
"We can confirm there was an illegal approach made from Bristol City Football Club on our goal-keeper Scott Brown," he revealed.
"The first we heard of it was when a previous official of ours gave us a copy of international clearance stating Scott was playing under the English Football Association."
Hughes immediately contacted the Welsh FA and the highly rated Brown has now been transferred back to Maesydre.
"Scott has re-signed for us and will be playing against Caernarfon on Saturday," confirmed Hughes.
"Had we not received this letter and played Scott as planned we would have been fielding an illegal player and I dread to think what would have happened to us then."
The former Wolverhampton Wanderers keeper had been training with the Ashton Gate outfit and was invited to play for the club's reserves next week.
"He (Scott Brown) came here training with Mike Stowell from Wolves and was due to play in a reserve team game," said a Bristol City Football Club spokesman.
The Welsh FA confirmed Brown was a Welshpool player again but stressed they were not taking the matter any further at present.
"We have been in contact with Welshpool Town in relation to Scott Brown and have confirmed that he is available to play for them this weekend," said FAW spokesperson Mark Evans.
"But we have not received an official complaint and cannot act on the matter until if, or when, we do so."
Hughes said Welshpool Football Club would not stand in the way of any player who wished to play at a higher level but stressed the matter would have to follow the correct procedures.
16 October 2021