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Mike Burton Claims Debts May Delay Andy Powell's Move to Wasps


London, England -- (ReleaseWire) -- 07/27/2010 -- Andy Powell, the Wales back-row forward, has been told his move to Wasps from Cardiff Blues can only go ahead once he has settled outstanding fees with his former agent, Mike Burton.

Wasps have announced that Powell had signed a one-year contract to join the English Premiership club, ending a five-year association with Cardiff, where he won all of his 14 caps for Wales.

Burton, however, claimed that Powell owed him more than £20,000 in outstanding fees and that Cardiff would not release him from his contract, which had a year to run, until the issue was resolved.

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Emanuele Palladino, Powell's new agent, said that he never discussed the contractual arrangements of his players. But a Cardiff official confirmed that the transfer documents had not yet been completed.

"It is a matter for both agents to resolve and that will hopefully be done in the next couple of days," he said.

Wasps, however, insisted that Powell had signed for them. "As far as the club is concerned Andy is a Wasps player and we look forward to him being a part of our squad next season," a spokesman said.

Powell had been unsettled at Cardiff since he was dropped from Wales's Six Nations squad, after being arrested for driving a golf buggy on the M4 while drunk in the aftermath of the victory over Scotland last February.

Australia have confirmed they will play the Premiership champions, Leicester, at Welford Road on Nov 9 during their autumn tour of the UK.

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