NEWPORT County AFC academy graduate Regan Poole is still waiting to play in a competitive game for Manchester United – FOUR months after completing his dream move, writes Andrew Penman.

The 17-year-old swapped Rodney Parade for Old Trafford on September 1 but the Argus can reveal that red tape is still preventing his Red Devils debut.

United are still waiting for international clearance for the move, meaning Poole has been unable to play in a competitive fixture for Paul McGuinness’ United academy side.

FIFA Regulations require National Associations to issue an International Transfer Certificate for any player over the age of 12 moving from one National Association to another, including across UK borders.

United announced the deal – for a fee that could eventually net County around £400,000 – with much fanfare on their official website on transfer deadline day.

“The 17-year-old had a successful trial at the Aon Training Complex and attracted attention from a number of clubs,” said the statement.

“After passing a medical with the Reds, he will increase the options at the back for Paul McGuinness' Academy side,” it continued.

“Poole represents Wales at Under-17 level and became Newport's youngest-ever player when making his first-team debut last year.”

The former Exiles star has been pictured in training with first team stars such as Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata at the club’s multi-million pound Carrington training complex.

But he has been left frustrated by the lack of competitive action since he left Newport.

The teenage defender was even an unused substitute in three matches for the Wales under-19s side in Tbilisi in November.

The Argus understands that the fact that Poole was still on a scholar’s contract at County is a complicating factor and that the hold-up is down to the education side of his development.

Poole is staying positive, however, and he’s hoping he gets the chance to show United fans what he can do in 2016.