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Irish midfielder's Bali move collapses after three days following nine-day stint at Dunfermline

It’s been a difficult few weeks for Dubliner Willo Flood.

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IRISH MIDFIELDER WILLO Flood’s move to Bali United has collapsed just three days after signing due to restrictions on foreign players in Indonesia.

The news follows on from his decision to leave a one-year deal at Dunfermline Athletic at the end of June after a brief nine-day stint.

It was reported at the time that he was set to resume his career in Indonesia with Bali United after receiving an ‘attractive offer,’ but that move has too come to an end shortly after it began.

The Dubliner was unveiled as Bali’s new signing last Friday, but the move has now been cancelled due to restrictions on foreign players in Indonesia’s Liga 1.

The new rules introduced by the Indonesian Football Association state that only four foreign players can play in their league. They are also required to have played in their previous country’s top league in order to obtain a work permit.

Flood’s last club however was Dundee United who play in Scotland’s Championship which is a second tier competition, and therefore deemed not strong enough to give Flood the permit.

Speaking about the loss of Flood due to the rule, a disappointed Bali United manager Widodo Cahyono Putro is quoted by the Daily Record as saying:

“Willo Flood’s contract has been cancelled because of the regulations restricting foreign players in Liga 1.

“Because he played in a league in Scotland that wasn’t their top league, we have been informed he does not meet the criteria.

“The management of Bali United is currently asking for clarification on this, but it’s obviously a massive disappointment for us and the player.”

The 33-year-old Flood came through the Manchester City academy and has spent the majority of his professional career in Scotland. He has also had spells with Celtic and Aberdeen.

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