Chesterfield FC have finally been granted international clearance for French-born winger Alex Mendy.
Mendy, 27, was signed by the Spireites two weeks ago but the move became mired in red tape.
And it took a personal phone call from the player to his former Czech Republic club FK Mladá Boleslav to kick-start the deal.
Mendy gained an assurance from his former employers that they would pass documentation to the Czech FA that his contract has ended and that he was a free agent.
That has now been transferred to the FA in London who gave Chesterfield the green light to play Mendy on Wednesday morning.
He will be available for Saturday’s match at the B2net when second-from-bottom Chesterfield take on League One table-proppers Leyton Orient.
Chesterfield manager John Sheridan said: “It has been a very frustrating time for both the club and the player, as according to the rules this should have been sorted out within seven days.
“The good news is that it has now been finalised so Alex is at last able to be in my plans.”
Mendy said: “I am so pleased that all the paper work has at last been dealt with so I can now concentrate fully on preparing for games and, most importantly, helping my new club to win some football matches.”
Mendy started his career at French club FC Versailles.
He moved to the Czech Republic where he played at the top level with Marila Pribam, Siad Most, and most recently made 136 appearances for FK Mlada Boleslav.
Last season he helped them to win the Czech Republic Football Cup and has previously appeared for them in the UEFA cup.
And there could be another new face in the Blues camp this week as manager Sheridan has indicated he is hoping to bring in a striker, who can also play wide, on loan.
It would add to the trio of players that the Spireites signed late last week and blooded during the 2-1 defeat at Exeter City.
Making his debut in Devon was the Blues new No 9 Craig Westcarr, who has joined from Notts County for an undisclosed fee.
Westcarr, 26, began his career with Nottingham Forest and has also played for Cambridge and Kettering.
The two others making their first appearance for Chesterfield were Lee Johnson and Jonathan Grounds.
Bristol City midfielder Johnson has joined the Spireites on an emergency 93-day loan.
The former Arsenal youth team player had a long spell at Yeovil Town before a brief stint at Hearts from where he moved to Bristol City where he has made 177 appearances scoring 11 goals.
Versatile defender Grounds has come to the B2net on a month’s emergency loan from Middlesbrough.
Grounds, 23, and 6ft 1in tall, can play either in central defence or at left back.
Grounds is a product of the Middlesbrough Academy who made his debut in 2008 after signing a professional contract the previous year.
He has made 33 appearances for the Teesside club, played 15 times on loan with Norwich City and last season made 13 loan appearances with Scottish Premier League club Hibernian.
Meanwhile, Sheridan attacked his players after the setback at Exeter City, their third straight League One defeat.
He has threatened to move players on if they do not shape up.
Following the West Country loss, Sheridan said: “The first goal was a joke. I don’t like having a go at my players, I usually say what I have to say in the dressing room, but everyone knows their jobs, who’s marking who, they know who’s at fault.
“I’m peed off, we need to show more fight. If they don’t start listening to me, then I’ll get rid of them.
“I’m going to fight and do some ugly things now, get a grip of people and they’ll not like it.
“We’re all in it together, we have to work together, they’re a good group but from winning a lot of games last year, we’re losing a lot this season. You need to show a different mentality and we need to do that quickly.’’