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Swansea City loanee David Edgar returns to Burnley

David Edgar has endured a difficult time at Burnley
David Edgar has endured a difficult time at Burnley

Swansea City have confirmed David Edgar has returned to Burnley as his season-long loan move was not granted international clearance by Fifa.

Football's governing body introduced a transfer matching system in October 2010 aimed at speeding up and cleaning up transfers.

But Fifa says the paperwork from the two clubs does not match up and will not process the deal.

Swans boss Brendan Rodgers admitted: "I feel for David."

Transfers between Welsh clubs playing in the English league system and English clubs require Fifa international clearance because the player is crossing a defined international border.

Canadian international Edgar was a January transfer window deadline day loan signing but the discrepancy left him in limbo at the Liberty Stadium so has returned to his parent Burnley.

"We were told there was one decimal point out of place on Burnley's paperwork, a meaningless decimal point, and it has been extremely frustrating ever since trying to get Fifa to approve the loan deal," Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins told the club website.

"It's a disappointing situation for the player and the two clubs. Everyone, apart from Fifa, is happy that the loan transfer was satisfactorily completed before the deadline.

"It used to be a fairly simple process between the two associations until Fifa came up with this new online system. It seems to have caused a lot of problems for a number of clubs.

"As a football club we feel it's an injustice that when we sign a player from a British club that plays in the same domestic league as us, then only ourselves and Cardiff City have to go through the process of getting international clearance.

Perhaps David Edgar may have to go back to Burnley where at least he can play football

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins

"David Edgar is now in his third week with us and he is still unable to participate in the squad. As a club we feel we can't prolong this much longer and perhaps David may have to go back to Burnley where at least he can play football.''

Rodgers insists Fifa have not given Swansea a timescale regarding how long the international clearance process might take so they have decided to allow him go back to Turfmoor.

"Every day he was here you could see he was getting more disappointed because he couldn't play," said the Swans manager.

Edgar was set to join for his second spell at the Liberty Stadium having been on loan last season where he played five times, scoring once.

The former Canadian Under-20 international has made just six appearances for Burnley this season and new Clarets boss Eddie Howe has allowed the 23-year-old to go out on loan.

Edgar came through the ranks at Newcastle United and was a regular in their youth and reserve sides before making his senior debut, aged 19, against Bolton in December 2006.

He marked his home debut a few days later scoring in the 2-2 draw against Manchester United.

Those were the first of 23 games he played prior to signing a four-year contract with Burnley in the summer of 2009 for £300,000.

His appearances at Turf Moor during the Clarets' solo year in the Premier League were limited and after playing just six times he joined the Swans in late March.

And since his return from his first loan spell Edgar has played just six more times for Burnley, the latest coming in the goalless draw with QPR on 15 January.



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Swans capture Edgar loan signing
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