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Funnily enough, I was wondering about Cliff's situation during the reserve game at Kelty on Tuesday because there's still no sign of him!  Very strange for the club to say that he would be training with the reserves when the signed players either train as part of the first team squad or under 18s!  I guess he'll go down in history as another pointless signing like SBJ!  

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Was there not something a bit odd about his international clearance? When he was signed, it was the generic 'subject to international clearance' statement and he is from Reunion, which although technically part of France and properly integrated in the EU, has their own national FA. It's quite possible that there's something really awkward caused by this as his former clubs might register him.

From what I remember at the time, he arrived with a contingent of players from that region headed by Didier Agathe who has an academy of some sort on the island. We had a couple on trial for a week or two and then signed him so I doubt it's the case of an Ali Dia situation as Boyle has appeared quite astute in his role so far. If it's fallen through for whatever reason, I highly doubt we're liable.

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Not sure it's fair to compare this to a Rodney/SJB situation. Big clubs like Barcelona often sign guys for their reserves and nobody really cares when they disappear as quickly as they arrived. If we're signing guys for the reserves I'm not going to take much notice because I'm not expecting him to become a first-team player. If he shines for the reserves and makes the first-team bench then I'm going to take an interest because it's suggests we've maybe spotted a decent player.

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3 hours ago, Cobra said:

Not sure it's fair to compare this to a Rodney/SJB situation. Big clubs like Barcelona often sign guys for their reserves and nobody really cares when they disappear as quickly as they arrived. If we're signing guys for the reserves I'm not going to take much notice because I'm not expecting him to become a first-team player. If he shines for the reserves and makes the first-team bench then I'm going to take an interest because it's suggests we've maybe spotted a decent player.

I tend to agree with you Cobra.

I think the difference with expectations these days is that we actually 'announce' these reserve team signings, whereas before we didn't really make any fuss about these sort of signings at all.

That's no bad thing as long as folk don't get carried away when we do add these type of guys (not that I'm saying anyone here was getting carried away).

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