MIDFIELDER Giles Coke’s move to Grimsby Town ‘looks unlikely’ due to issues with his registration with the League Two club.

Hereford had waivered a seven-day approach and allowed Coke to move to Grimsby.

However, Grimsby manager Paul Hurst said the move is now unlikely as Coke remained registered with the National League preventing him from signing with a Football League club outside of the transfer window.

“I would have like to have signed Giles, but there's seemingly an issue with his registration now,” Hurst told Grimsby Live.

“As we speak, that's sort of been killed. I feel really bad for the player, and I feel bad for us from a selfish point of view.

“Giles is going to get on the phone and speak to people, but at this stage it's looking unlikely we'll be able to do anything.

“I know that there has to be a rule in place, but he was told his registration had been cancelled, and when you consider at times that he was playing for nothing, and he's got a family to support, it doesn't sit right with me.”

Hereford manager Josh Gowling says that Coke has been with Grimsby training for almost a month.

“Grimsby didn’t check if he was registered or not," said Gowling.

“They have got to do their due diligence on their players and they haven’t. He was non-contract with us and he’s gone in there and there’s an issue with his registration.

“I think there’s a question of whether he’s still registered with us and whether that should have been cut before the window.

“If the registration was with us through the window then I don’t think he can play for Grimsby even though he’s not with us anymore as a free agent.

“They really should have looked and checked before the transfer window shut about his registration.”