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Bohs players told to stay firm on deals

BOHEMIANS players have been told by their union to hold off on any discussions about tearing up their contracts for next year until the end of the season.

Bohs, currently trying to come up with the cash needed to see out the season, have reportedly told the nine players who are under contract for next season that they may not be able to honour those contracts, but PFAI general secretary Stephen McGuinness will warn the players against cutting any deals with the club.

"The players won't be cancelling contracts at this stage. They are willing to sit down at the end of the season but not right now," McGuinness said.

"Some of the lads had contracts of up to two and three years and some of them took significant cuts on those deals. So to go back and ask them to take another cut again is too much to ask." He added: "I spoke to the FAI and we were told categorically that Bohs' budget was based on them finishing below mid-table and being knocked out of Europe. So I can't see why they've an issue with paying wages."

CRYSTAL Palace have turned down a £300,000 bid from Huddersfield Town for ex-Ireland striker Alan Lee. "I said I wanted him to stay - he's a big, brave boy who is experienced and great to have around the place - and he decided he wanted to stay as well," says Palace boss George Burley.

IRELAND U21 cap Callum Morris has dropped into the non-league scene after signing for Blyth Spartans from Newcastle United.