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Shelbourne to honour wage commitments pending government’s Covid-19 payment scheme

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Jaze Kabia of Shelbourne, right, celebrates with team-mates after scoring his side's winning goal during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match against St Patrick's Athletic at Tolka Park in Dublin last month. Photo by Michael P Ryan/Sportsfile

Jaze Kabia of Shelbourne, right, celebrates with team-mates after scoring his side's winning goal during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match against St Patrick's Athletic at Tolka Park in Dublin last month. Photo by Michael P Ryan/Sportsfile

Jaze Kabia of Shelbourne, right, celebrates with team-mates after scoring his side's winning goal during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match against St Patrick's Athletic at Tolka Park in Dublin last month. Photo by Michael P Ryan/Sportsfile

Shelbourne have announced an intention to honour wage commitments to players and staff pending the confirmation of the new terms for the government’s Covid-19 payment scheme.

League of Ireland clubs are pinning their hopes on the proposed increase of the deal that allows companies affected by the crisis to pay workers and then claim a refund.

The early offer of €203 per week is set to be increased and Shelbourne are waiting on the details to see if it can aid their plight.

Full-time clubs Sligo Rovers and Cork City have laid off their staff temporarily while Bohemians - whose squad are mostly part-time - have brokered a deal which will see their players stay on their books on new terms that will still ensure they get all monies owed to them before the end of 2020.

Shelbourne have a similar squad profile to Bohemians and in a statement this morning, Reds CEO David O’Connor said the club is seeking to honour existing deals.

O’Connor said he is ‘proud’ that the Premier Division newcomers have met all financial obligations to staff and players in the aftermath of the suspension of the league - with the FAI targeting a return in June although that is subject to review.

“Our aim and intention is to honour all contracts and staff,” said O’Connor.

“We’re still awaiting full confirmation from the government support structures, that hopefully will be available to us to utilize, and until that’s made 100pc clear, we’ll just have to treat it on a day-to-day basis.”

Shelbourne have launched a new podcast service and video archive for supporters in the hope of generating additional income through subscriptions during this unexpected break from action.

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