Fingal likely to cash in on Williams after sponsor blow
SPORTING FINGAL may need to cash in on captain Shaun Williams after completing a review of their financial position.
The north county Dublin outfit have confirmed that chief backer Gerry Gannon is reconsidering his involvement in the club three years into a planned five-year term.
Gannon was one of the first 10 property developers to have their loans transferred into NAMA and the state agency has advised those on its books to withdraw from all non-key sponsorships.
Williams is one of just nine players still under contract at the club for next season and while Sporting have yet to receive an offer for the dynamic midfielder, he has consistently been watched by scouts from England in a season that saw him nominated for the PFAI Player of the Year award.
Glen Crowe, Gary O'Neill, Eamon Zayed and Colin Hawkins have already been told that their contracts will not be renewed.
Sporting have dismissed rumours that they might withdraw from the league, but confirmed in a statement yesterday that the club "is currently undergoing a general review of its budget for the 2011 season".
The club's main sponsor, Keelings, is also feeling the pinch and laid off 130 staff after losing a contract to supply Tesco.
- The death has occurred of one of the Shelbourne club's most notable stalwarts of the 1940s, Arthur Whelan. He was 88.
Whelan played in the 1944 Cup final for Shelbourne and subsequently played for Dundalk in the 1947/48 season.
He was well known in the motor trade and had a garage on Lullymore Terrace off the South Circular Road, Dublin. He is survived by sons David, Barry and Colum and daughter Roslyn.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.