Stephen O’Flynn will not be signing for Finn Harps after manager Peter Hutton discovered the player has already officially retired and is not allowed to play senior football.
The 31-year-old striker trained with Harps four times in the last month after relocating from his native Cork to Derry.
However, having finished up with St Patrick’s Athletic last season, O’Flynn made the decision to retire and as a consequence of his being a sportsperson qualified for tax relief, which he accepted.
The one condition was that he could not play senior football again.
O’Flynn had previously played for Cork City, Limerick, Galway United and Northampton Town.
“It was only lately Stephen informed me of the tax relief but it means it’s impossible for us to sign him,” Hutton said
“It’s unfortunate because he’s a player with massive experience and someone we were having a good look at in training.
“We don’t have any new signings in mind now as there is no budget.”