FA clear up Campbell contract confusion as Oxford loan striker to Torquay

LOANED OUT ... John Campbell.
LOANED OUT ... John Campbell.

JOHN Campbell has been loaned from Oxford United to Torquay United after the FA confirmed he is no longer a Jarrow Roofing player.

Striker Campbell was prolific for Northern League Division One side Roofing earlier this campaign, attracting interest from a number of Football League clubs before joining Oxford.

It was thought that he had initially joined the League Two side on loan, but the FA have told the Gazette it was always a permanent deal, and Roofing no longer hold his registration.

The FA says Campbell’s contract with Roofing was cancelled in November, effectively meaning he joined Oxford as a free agent, which is how they were able to complete the deal outside of the transfer window.

There was more confusion last month after it appeared Campbell’s permanent move to Oxford had collapsed, but it now appears he was always their player.

Campbell signed a two-year deal with Oxford in November, although the Gazette understands there is a clause giving Roofing first option on the player should United choose not to retain him in the summer.

At the end of the season, Oxford were thought to be due to give Roofing a payment as part of the original deal to sign the former Newcastle United trainee, who will spend the rest of the season on loan with Conference side Torquay.

An FA spokesperson told the Gazette: “The player was under contract at Jarrow Roofing from September 2014.

“His contract with Jarrow Roofing was cancelled in November, and he then signed for Oxford United on a permanent deal as a free agent.

“Oxford have now loaned the player out to Torquay.”