Why has ex-Sunderland forward Chris Maguire not made his Hartlepool United debut yet? Keith Curle explains

Chris Maguire’s situation at Hartlepool United remains complex according to interim manager Keith Curle, with the club yet to have clarity over the situation.

Maguire joined Hartlepool on a free transfer – under former manager Paul Hartley – following his exit from League One side Lincoln City earlier this season.

Maguire had been suspended by the Imps following an alleged breach of the Football Association’s betting rules between March 2017 and February of this year.

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Maguire has yet to feature for Hartlepool since signing, with what was suggested as being registration issues, before ex-boss Hartley also confirmed the 33-year-old has been dealing with a foot injury.

Hartlepool United interim manager Keith Curle has provided an update on Chris Maguire's situation at the Suit Direct Stadium Picture by FRANK REID

But the situation with Maguire still appears someway from being resolved, with Curle admitting there remains plenty of issues to iron out including where the club stand with Maguire’s contract.

“It’s multi-factional as in there’s different elements and different personnel involved,” said Curle.

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“You’ve got the football club, then you’ve got Chris, Chris’ agent, then you’ve got the PFA, then you’ve got the EFL and then you’ve got the actual case that's being brought against Chris.

“The club, ultimately, have got to be comfortable with the outcome when we know what that is. At the minute I don’t think there’s been a date set for if a potential hearing does go ahead.

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Chris Maguire left Lincoln City earlier this season before joining Hartlepool United. Picture by FRANK REID

“So it's very difficult to comment as a football club, or on behalf of the football club, without having a clear guideline of what we’re dealing with.”

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Curle added: “It’s between the EFL, the PFA, the player, the players’ agent and the football club with the wording of a contract.

“I think a contract was offered and it got rejected, firstly, by the PFA and then the EFL, so it’s trying to get that collaboration of trying to get everybody on the same page.

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“What a football club can’t do is commit to a player, with the potential then of him not being available.

Chris Maguire is an excellent player.

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"He’s got a first division pedigree and then will command a wage to attract him here.

"What you don’t want to do is pay a player a wage where he can’t perform.

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"That’s wasting the supporters’ and the football clubs’ money and the football club is in a position where it’s not going to waste any money.”