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Monday 20 November 2017

Bray players still wait for answers on cash

Dylan Connolly. Pic: Sportsfile
Dylan Connolly. Pic: Sportsfile

The frustrated players at Bray Wanderers are still awaiting assurances from the club on its financial future as 5pm deadline yesterday passed without the players being given access to documentation they demanded to see before they committed their futures to the club.

And an independent mediator may have to be drafted in to prevent the potential dispute between the players and the club's owners from heating up and putting Sunday's league game between Bray and table-toppers Cork City in danger of not going ahead.

The Bray squad last week learned of the financial problems at the club which, at one stage, forced the club chairman Denis O'Connor to tell the players that there was only enough finance in place to pay wages for one more week. Wanderers also sold star player Dylan Connolly to Dundalk for €35,000.

The club have since claimed to have had success in attracting investment, and Bray maintained they would have the cash in place to see out the season.

Late last week the Bray squad issued a statement, via their trade union, the PFAI, where they set a deadline of close of business yesterday for the club "to provide us with the appropriate information, together with the promised guarantees and security" or else the players would "examine all options available to us ahead of the next fixture against Cork City".

The players, and their representatives, declined to comment after the passing of yesterday's 5pm deadline as they were led to understand that the Bray board were last night meeting with FAI officials who wanted more information on the new financial backing which Bray claimed was coming their way.

Given that the FAI's licencing department approved the budget presented by Bray at the start of this season, a budget which the club now admits was unrealistic, player confidence in the association is not that high but one option is for a mediator to be brought in to present the players' concerns to the FAI.

Bray last week apologised to fans and players but chairman O'Connor claimed "the backing received answered my question on whether we can get support for this club".

He added that he had contacted the PFAI to state that all player contracts would be honoured and encouraged fans to "get behind Harry Kenny and get the results flowing".

Meanwhile, Division One side Cabinteely have pulled off a coup by signing former UCD striker Ryan Swan.

The forward had spent the last six months in England as he signed a short-term deal with Exeter City last season but he left the Grecians and has now opted to come home, hooking up with Cabo.

"I am delighted to be here. It's a great club, Cabo are a club on the rise," said Swan.

"I have good ties with Pat Devlin and I wanted to link up again with him. I can't wait to get going now. The target now is to get in the team, get scoring goals and enjoying my football again."

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