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Bohs edge closer to player wages resolution

DISCUSSIONS are continuing between Bohemians and representatives of the contracted players they need to remove from their wage bill, with formal agreement yet to be reached.

There was confidence earlier in the week that the Gypsies would agree severance packages with the players in question, thus avoiding a court visit on February 8, with two of that number, Brian Shelley and Steven Gray, pursuing a winding-up order on the basis that the club is unable to meet its debts.

Input from the FAI, who were prepared to financially assist by withholding future prize money to the Dalymount Park club, had brought the parties closer together.

There was speculation yesterday that there had been another breakdown in talks, but negotiations were continuing last night. Bohs had originally intended to release a statement on Monday but, as yet, the club are in no position to do so with the formalities of arranging the terms and dates of payment proving problematic.

The Dublin club need to remove the contracted players from the wage bill if they are to function in 2011, and pass licensing criteria next month.

The players, who are over two months without wages, want a portion of their contract honoured, and the situation is complicated by the fact that some wish to stay. Another individual has two years left on his deal, and would therefore be entitled to seek a larger package.

Bohs boss Pat Fenlon has started pre-season preparations with some of the players involved, and a collection of youngsters. Also in training with the Gypsies is former Manchester United youth Christy Fagan, who spent time at Glenn Hoddle's academy in Spain and was most recently on the books of Lincoln.

Irish Independent