The Football Association of Ireland must do the decent thing and allow former Derry City player James McClean to sign for Lincoln City immediately, according to top Irish agent Gerry Carlile.

Carlile said that "common sense must prevail" under the extraordinary circumstances. "Some of the Derry City players haven't been paid in 11 weeks and they have been told that they are free agents," he said.

Derry City's League of Ireland contract was sensationally terminated earlier in the month after the club admitted holding secondary, unofficial contracts with players.

The players became free agents and Lincoln City manager Chris Sutton was desperate to have wide-man McClean in his squad for the crucial League Two derby game against Grimsby Town on Saturday, which ended in a goalless draw. However, the FAI have blocked the Northern Ireland Under-21 player's move until the transfer window opens in January.

Carlile added: "But I have been told that they can't sign for another club until the transfer window opens.

"I understand that there are rules but surely this is a special case. Lincoln have told me that the FA will be in touch with FIFA to try to sort the situation out. It is a ludicrous situation. The players have been punished enough.

"That is another six weeks that the players will be denied the opportunity to earn a living."

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