NZ Football confirm Phoenix loan transfer failure

New Zealand Football have confirmed they have failed to secure the transfer of loanee English striker Alex Jones to the Wellington Phoenix after failing to attain the clearance from FIFA.

New Zealand Football Head of Nationals Competitions Daniel Farrow confirmed the news today after they had attempted to gain clearance following a bungle in confirming the transfer of Jones to the club.

“While FIFA acknowledged the individual circumstances at NZF which led to the delay of Alex’s transfer, they have ruled to protect the integrity of their global deadlines for the transfer of players," he said.

“Given the unfortunate circumstances, we are obviously disappointed at the outcome for both Alex and the Wellington Phoenix.”

Jones posted soon after on Twitter to thank the Wellington fans for their support during his short stay.

"Not a lot I can say really for obvious reasons," Jones said.

"But thanks to all the fans for being so welcoming ever since I arrived.

Jones added: "Its a massive shame I was never able to play and put the shirt on!"

The young striker seemed optimistic as he looks ahead to his next challenge.

"But I am a strong believer that everything happens for a reason," he said.

"I wish everyone (at Wellington Phoenix) all the best for the rest of the season.

"I am now looking forward to what the future holds for me."