Campbell dispute

Sol Campbell cleared to play

December 2, 2009
By Soccernet staff

Sol Campbell is free to sign for a new club immediately having settled his lengthy contract dispute with Notts County.

Sol Campbell
GettyImagesSol Campbell: Eager to play again

Campbell was a shock signing for the League Two club in August but made only one appearance before his time at Meadow Lane was brought to an abrupt end, with the player accusing the club of breaking promises regarding further high-profile recruits.

ESPN Soccernet first revealed in October that Campbell had called in PFA chief Gordon Taylor to resolve a situation that saw County retain his registration despite the defender leaving the club, as the Magpies sought to agree a suitable 'statement of departure'.

Campbell took the dispute to a Football League disciplinary commission and Taylor has confirmed that the former Arsenal and Portsmouth defender is immediately available to join a club on a free transfer after the case was resolved.

"Sol Campbell is now a free agent," Taylor told BBC Sport. "His contract dispute has been resolved and he is free to pursue football in the January transfer window. He can sign for any club he wants now."

Campbell, who has maintained his fitness levels by training with Arsenal, previously told ESPN Soccernet he had held talks with Championship side Newcastle.

West Bromwich Albion are also reported suitors of the former England international.