Saturday 24 February 2018

Bray Wanderers players to 'examine all options' after issuing deadline to board over payment guarantees

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The Bray Wanderers players have tonight issued a deadline to the club's board to provide them with 'appropriate information together with the promised guarantees and security' with regards to their wages.

Earlier tonight, the club released a statement signed by chairman Denis O'Connor saying that the PFAI have been contacted 'setting out that all contracts will be honoured' and that funding has been secured that will allow the team to fulfil the remainder of this season and into 2018.

The Bray players have since responded, claiming that they have yet to receive any details from the club as to where the funding has come from or any guarantees regarding their wages.

"The Chairman has today stated that investment is now forthcoming but we have received no bonding, security, guarantee or even details as to where it has come from," the players' statement says.

"Our union also written to the FAI licensing department where it has sought similar confirmation of such concrete guarantees but we receive no substantive reply, merely correspondence to say that they are again monitoring the situation.

"In view of the events of the last six days in which completely contradictory and confusing statements have been made by the club, we do not feel confident about our future at the club. As a squad, we feel this is not enough to guarantee our commitment for the rest of the season and beyond so we are therefore giving the club a deadline of close of business, Monday, to provide us with the appropriate information together with the promised guarantees and security. If these are not received, we will examine all options available to us ahead of the next fixture against Cork City."

Responding to Bray's statement, the FAI issued a release of their own: "The Football Association of Ireland is encouraged that Bray Wanderers FC have declared that they have received the necessary funding to complete the 2017 SSE Airtricity League season.

"The club will now be required to provide the Independent Licensing Committee with confirmation as to their current financial status and adhere to the protocol set down by the Committee in relation to maintaining a Licence for the current season."

Here is the Bray Wanderers statement in full:

"The Club are pleased to announce that within the past week funding has been organised to fulfil the remainder of this season and into 2018.

"We regret the unease caused by our honesty and the concern it caused to our fans/players/coaches/our fellow Clubs in The League of Ireland and their fans/FAI and the greater football community including St Josephs Boys plus the Wicklow Leagues.

"We had a very busy week and are now in a better place because the call was answered by people in County Wicklow and South Dublin.

"It was most encouraging the various messages of support plus the financial backing received. It certainly answered my question on whether we can get support for this Club.

"A special message to all the League of Ireland Clubs who contacted me to support and offer help – it proves that the Clubs are working for each other.

"I have written earlier to the PFAI setting out that all contracts will be honoured.

"So now, let’s get behind Harry Kenny and get the results flowing. On that note a special word of thanks to Harry and his staff who have shown excellent support and commitment this past week.

"As always we have an open door for anybody who wishes to help in any way.

"Bray Wanderers FC is back in business and look forward to our next home match."

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