Tuesday 20 November 2018

Drogheda to weigh up players' pay proposal

Daniel McDonnell

DROGHEDA UNITED are mulling over whether to accept a new offer from their players regarding the payment of unpaid wages.

The members of the squad who are still in Ireland met on Tuesday to construct a deal after an offer from the club had been put to them.

PFAI general secretary Stephen McGuinness met Drogheda chairman Vincent Hoey yesterday morning to discuss the outcome of that meeting.

The players accept that they won't get all of what they are owed but they are not prepared to accept the €80,000 offered by the club as that represents less than a quarter of the wages outstanding.

Crucially, however, they are ready to agree deals whereby they would be paid their back-wages in regular installments over a six-month period.

Embattled

Should this suggestion be agreed, Drogheda will qualify for a Premier Division licence under that particular category of the licensening agreement, but the embattled Boynesiders still have other obstacles to cross in that regard.

And players who are still under contract will also agree to a freeze which means that the club will stop racking up further wage debts on a weekly basis.

"We don't, in any way, want to endanger the club in regards to getting a Premier Division licence," said McGuinness yesterday.

"They players are realistic about the situation and understand that.

"There's a lot of goodwill from the players towards Vincent himself. They know how hard he has worked.

"The players have been more than reasonable, having not been paid in six weeks.

"Yet they have been overwhelmed by the fundraising and the lengths that some supporters have gone to in relation to trying to save the club."

The majority of the squad are still in Ireland although there are others littered around the world.

Joe Kendrick has signed a year and a half contract in Azerbaijan where he joins John Tambouras.

Meanwhile, Adam Hughes is in Korea mulling over a contract offer although there has been interest from Dundalk.

Shane Robinson is currently in Brentford, looking to secure employment there after an extended trial period with the League Two club.

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