Wednesday 22 November 2017

Bray miss their deadline - but FAI give players pay assurances

Bray Wanderers' Gary McCabe has rejected a move to Linfield. Photo: Sportsfile
Bray Wanderers' Gary McCabe has rejected a move to Linfield. Photo: Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Bray Wanderers missed yesterday's deadline to prove they had the money to pay wages for the rest of the season - but the FAI have assured their players the cash will be bonded by today.

Thursday, August 3 was the date in the diary over the past fortnight as Bray sought to assure their first-team squad that a new investor had come up with the funds to get them through the rest of 2017.

The Seagulls squad wanted the money bonded in a separate account to give them confidence that there would be no wage issues over the next three months.

And Bray agreed to do so with the FAI's licensing department also looking for guarantees.

Bray's representatives in the PFA Ireland were expecting evidence that the money was in the account yesterday.

The FAI have acted as the go-between in terms of discussions between the club and the union over the status of Bray's finances.

And they indicated to PFA Ireland that a solicitor's letter had been sent which showed that the requisite amount of money was on the way and would land in the escrow account today.

Bray have lost every game since their financial troubles emerged and face Bohemians at Dalymount Park tonight.

The dressing room has been unsettled by developments and star man Gary McCabe was given permission to leave on Monday but rejected a move to Linfield. Some uncertainty lingers over his participation in the Bohs encounter.

Bray are fifth in the table and have fallen seven points off the third-placed finish which would be enough for European qualification and the financial boost that comes with it.

Irish Independent

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