Barnsley manager Keith Hill has described the hold up over the signing of transfer target John Rooney as "bureaucracy gone mad".
Rooney, brother of England striker Wayne, had been playing for Orlando City in the third tier of American football before returning to the UK and after impressing Hill during a week-long trial at Oakwell was poised to sign a short-term deal with the club.
But under current rules Rooney, 21, has to have been out of work for a certain period before he can sign for Barnsley outside the transfer window and there is confusion over the exact dates he left Orlando.
"It's bureaucracy gone mad," said Hill. "In any other walk of life, if you're out of work you're allowed to seek employment, but in football you're not. John Rooney is out of work, but because of red tape and legislation he's unemployable, which should be an infringement of his human rights to provide for his family.
"So for me, it's about red tape and people who know nothing about football making up the rules. I'm not sure what happens now, I think it's one for (director) Don (Rowing) to try and unravel.
"We've identified a player whose got potential that we want to develop. We want to sign him, he's out of work, he's just had a little baby boy and he can't provide for his family it looks like."