Frustrated Ashdown misses out on Fulham move

Football League transfer rules have denied Jamie Ashdown the opportunity to move to Fulham on loan.

Regular number one Marcus Bettinelli was sent off in the Cottagers 5-0 defeat to Watford last weekend, resulting in Kit Symons looking for an alternative option. However, he has been denied the chance to take Ashdown, despite the 34-year-old currently being without a club since leaving Crawley Town by mutual consent last month.

The reason the shot-stopper has seen a potential move to the capital blocked it because of Football League rules, as the loan transfer window has now closed and no player is allowed to move until January 3. This is a particular blow for Ashdown, who had hoped to line up against his former club Leeds United on Saturday afternoon.

“I’m really gutted not to show my wares in the Championship again,” said the goalkeeper. “After the injury last year I fought so hard to get back to fitness and was delighted to prove my fitness and then with the unbeaten results with Crawley. Fulham would have been a fantastic opportunity to show what I’m capable of and playing against Leeds, where I never really had a look in, would have been the icing on the cake.”

Ashdown spent two years at Elland Road, but only made eight appearances as his time in Yorkshire was blighted by a foot injury. He left the club in the summer and joined League One side Crawley, where he made 12 appearances and kept four clean sheets before he left by mutual consent just a month shy of the expiry of his contract.

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