JOEY BARTON, one of the most controversial characters in football, is to train with Fleetwood Town.
In a sensational move which will rock football, ambitious Fleetwood have received permission from Queens Park Rangers for him to train with the Highbury club.
And there is a chance of loan move from QPR to Fleetwood, possibly until January, though manager Micky Mellon refused to comment on this.
Barton confirmed the move on Twitter saying: “Looking forward to training with Fleetwood Town for the week. Will get a much needed sweat on.
“Still have three years left at QPR. Exciting times for the club, which I intended to be a part of. Need to get some fitness in the meantime.
“Training with them will certainly help me with my short term fitness and my plan on being as fit as possible during my 12 game ban.”
Barton will join up with his Fleetwood on Thursday, prior to travelling to Scotland when he will spend a week with the Town squad.
Barton is friends with a number of players in the Fleetwood squad and when the player suggested that he would be prepared to train with Town, Mellon moved in quickly and made official contact with Rangers.
After incidents on the final day of last season Barton was banned for 12 matches after being found guilty of two counts of violent conduct.
Barton, 29, was sent off in QPR’s defeat at Manchester City on the final day of the season and accepted a charge over his clash with Sergio Aguero in the wake of his red card.
He was also found guilty over a separate clash with City’s Vincent Kompany.
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