Joey Barton heading to League Two

QPR midfielder Joey Barton will train with League Two club Fleetwood Town for a week.

The temperamental player was sent off on the last day of the 2011-12 season in the Loftus Road club’s game against former club Manchester City, and consequently given a 12-match ban for violent conduct.

Barton’s career with Mark Hughes’ men is said to be all but over after he elbowed Carlos Tevez, tried to head-butt Vincent Kompany and kicked Sergio Aguero.

The League Two side have admitted that it is a fantastic coup for them, and are eager for Barton to potentially play for them in a friendly despite his current ban.

“What we have to establish is ‘What is a non-competitive game?’ and we will be doing that over the next 24 hours,” Fleetwood chairman Andy Pilley confirmed to Mirror Football.

“Its a coup for us. Our players can only learn from training and playing with Joey.

“He is training with us and he will travel up to Scotland with us at the weekend as we play Kilmarnock.

“I don’t want to say too much about how it all came about, but there have been discussions and they have brought about a positive conclusion,” he stated.

Barton confirmed the deal on Twitter, but is eager to stay at Loftus Road.

“Looking forward to training with Fleetwood Town for the week. Will get a much needed sweat on,” he told his followers.

“Still have 3 years left at QPR. Exciting times for the club, which I intended to be part of. Need to get some fitness in the meantime.

“Fleetwood are a young club going places. 5 promotions already in the last few years. If I help some of their young players, great.”

By Gareth McKnight

 


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