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Erasmus’ Options: Why He Won’t Be Back In SA

Kermit Erasmus is a free agent after agreeing to a mutual termination of his contract with Stade Rennais but has limited options in terms of where he can go due to FIFA’s rules.
 
After a difficult spell in France, Erasmus is now on the hunt for the next move in his career as he looks to get back on track and playing football again, though now as a free agent rather than as a Rennes player. 
 
The 27-year-old South African international enjoyed a successful spell with RC Lens last season that almost resulted in promotion and a permanent move, however, their heartbreak on the last days of their campaign meant that he remained with Rennes. 
 
 
Now, with an agreement of his termination only being reached this week, Erasmus has limited options due to the FIFA rule that restricts movement outside of a window for players that weren’t free when the window closed. 
 
The actual rule says, “A professional whose contract has expired prior to the end of a registration period may be registered outside that registration period.” 
 
This means that the former Orlando Pirates man can still move to nations such as Turkey or Sweden, who have their windows still open but will not be able to return to South Africa or any of the other countries who saw their windows close at the end of January. Once the next round of windows open up then he will be able to move freely.
 
A similar situation happened with Arsenal legend, Sol Campbell, back in 2009 when he wasn’t allowed to sign for Arsenal because he had terminated his contract with Notts County in September after the window closed. 
 

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