Monday 18 December 2017

Bray squad request transfers

Bray Wanderers' players have placed themselves on the transfer list
Bray Wanderers' players have placed themselves on the transfer list
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Bray Wanderers' players have requested to be placed on the transfer list because they are not satisfied that the club has proved they have the means to get through the rest of the season.

Bray chairman Denis O'Connor says that the club have sourced fresh investment to carry them through the rest of 2017 - just a fortnight after he said that there was only enough money remaining for another week's wages after investor Gerry Mulvey stopped providing cash.

Talks have been ongoing over the past week between the players and the club and the FAI have also been in discussions with Bray to seek guarantees they can fulfil the conditions that led to the granting of a Premier Division licence.

The FAI are still looking for those assurances and worried players - who have been paid up to date but fear problems later in the year - released a statement saying they were placing themselves on the transfer list.

However, at this juncture they would still need agreement from Bray to be allowed to depart.

Bray's players and their representatives at PFA Ireland say they wrote to the FAI's licensing department "requesting confirmation as to what securities have or will be put in place to ensure that any new investment will indeed be guaranteed".

They said that the response did not provide the requisite confirmation.

A meeting took place on Thursday between the players, PFA Ireland and Bray officials.

"We asked the club to provide us with a date as to when any new investment in the club will be finalised. No date was provided," said the players' statement.

"The players requested representation from the FAI at this meeting. The FAI did not respond to this request.

"In those circumstances, and in view of the fact that the current transfer window closes on July 31, we as players feel we must be afforded the opportunity to gain secure employment elsewhere, and it is with regret that all players are now placing themselves on the transfer list with immediate effect. For us, as players, it is about job security."

The FAI responded to the players' statement by releasing a missive of their own which said they were continuing to work closely with Bray as regards their funding issues.

"The Association has continued to monitor the situation at the club and to engage in talks with club officials, in the hope of a viable financial resolution being found as soon as possible," said the statement.

"The Association can facilitate the appointment of an independent intermediary to assist in talks between the club and the players, and would urge both parties to engage in this process."

Bray want to keep hold of their players and are legally entitled to do so because they have honoured all wage commitments to this point. They play Cork City tomorrow in the first game since the extent of the crisis at the club became public knowledge.

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