Town urging FA to change transfer rule
FALMOUTH Town joint manager Robbie Stephens has called on the CCFA to review its transfer rules following former Penzance players Wayne Quinn and Jamie Devine's controversial moves to Premier Division rivals Newquay.
The Peppermints exploited a loophole in the transfer system, which has allowed them to sign the Town duo.
Having already signed Falmouth skipper Mark Vercesi, league rules meant Quinn and Devine were unable to join Newquay directly. A period of 28 days must be given before a club can return to the same club to sign another player.
So, to counter this rule, Quinn registered with Exmouth and Devine with St Dennis, then allowing Newquay to sign the pair, who will make their Peppermints' debuts at home to Torpoint Athletic on Saturday.
The transfer of Quinn and Devine to Newquay has sparked a heated debate on the Cornwall Soccer Forum website, with ex-Penzance boss Stephens questioning the conduct of Newquay.
He said: "If Hoops (Newquay manager Glynn Hooper) wanted these guys, why not just ask, instead of doing things in a sneaky underhand way. I thought we are all football people and could talk?
"Mousehole recently put seven days in for one of our Combo players, but we know it was really to move him to another club.
"The CCFA need to look at a number of issues, none more so than instances like this.
"I'm not saying players shouldn't be allowed to play for whoever they like, but most have been well looked after by the clubs that they turn their backs on, total lack of loyalty and respect for those clubs."
To add salt to the wounds, joint manager Les Gilbert has also confirmed that Newquay have submitted a seven-day approach for striker Matt Drummond, who is nearing a first-team return following injury.
Despite the reaction to Newquay's recent transfer dealings, Hooper is, in fact, in agreement that the CCFA needs to review its rules.
He said: "This goes against everything we want to do.
"A couple of players (Quinn and Devine) approached me and wanted to sign for us.
"But having already signed Mark Vercesi we were unable to do that straight away.
"By them joining Exmouth and St Dennis we were then able to sign both players.
"It's a loophole that we have taken advantage of, and I agree, it needs changing.
"I've said for a long time this seven-day approach rule is an absolute farce."
Following his side's recent clash with Town, Bodmin Town manager Darren Gilbert sympathised with Falmouth's predicament and questioned the loyalty of those who had left the club recently.
Stephens added: "Darren Gilbert summed it up a couple of weeks ago, when he said players lack loyalty these days.
"I think I'm seeing a culture change in youngsters these days, that I can only say disgusts me, and I'm talking outside of football as well here.
"Not all are in this category, I hasten to add, but unfortunately the numbers are growing.
"All clubs have had their ups and downs, and this will probably always be the case, but at least be honest with people who have done an awful lot for you.
"I don't like seeing any club struggle, and understand that within those clubs there are some hardworking decent people, who get taken for a ride by idiots who think they're something that they really are not."
Newquay have also come under attack from local rivals Godolphin Atlantic, whose manager, Derek Martin, also slammed the Peppermints' conduct.
He said: "I for one am not the least bit surprised by these underhanded tactics used by Newquay in relation to the Falmouth players, because earlier in this season they already appeared to be a law unto themselves.
"We at Godolphin had to put up with persistent illegal approaches for many of our players over a period of two months earlier this season."
Hooper, however, has shrugged off the accusations and revealed Newquay, themselves, have been on the other end of approaches from other clubs.
He said: "It makes me laugh when people come out accusing you of all sorts. It's happened to us as well.
"Robbie Stephens approached Ollie Deadman after he took over, while Derek Martin has done the same at Godolphin.
"As a club we have not broken any rules. It's up to the CCFA to change them to prevent this from happening."
THE draws for the quarter finals of the Jolly's Cornwall Combination League Cup and Supplementary Cup competitions were made at last week's league committee meeting.
Jolly's Cornwall Combination League Cup, quarter final draw: Goonhavern v Illogan, Holmans v Perranwell, St Day v Pendeen and St Ives v Mullion.
Dates for these ties are still to be decided but in the last few seasons have been either in the last week of January or first two Saturdays in February. The final has traditionally been played on Easter Sunday, which is on March 31.
Jolly's Cornwall Combination League Supplementary Cup, preliminary round: Falmouth Athletic v Hayle, Penryn v Ludgvan, Porthleven v St Just and Culdrose v St Agnes.
Quarter-finals: Newquay v Culdrose or St Agnes, Penryn or Ludgvan v Falmouth Town, Troon v Falmouth Athletic or Hayle and Wendron v Porthleven or St Just.