Bray declare "inability to guarantee wages" with players up for sale
By Kieran Burke - @KieranBTS.
The off-field circus at Bray Wanderers has taken another dark and alarming twist this Tuesday evening with the news that the Wicklow club can not guarantee player wages for the remainder of the season. This comes just weeks after new first-team manager, Martin Russell was allowed to sign players such as former Longford Town midfielder Craig Walsh, who had indeed turned down the chance to link back up with the Midlands club in order to sign for Bray.
As unprofessional as ever, the Premier Division's bottom club released a number of tweets in which chairman Gerry Mulvey stating:
"Bray Wanderers have reluctantly decided to listen to offers for any of their players. Given the club's inability to guarantee wages until the end of the season, it's only fair to give the players an opportunity to secure employment elsewhere."
"The situation could change overnight but until such time as it does we will listen to all offers and make decisions on a case by case basis. We wish them the best of luck in their endeavours to secure new contracts elsewhere. Gerry Mulvey (Chairman)"
Adding to the drama, it appears Bray Wanderers failed to inform their players, who went unpaid ahead of their latest defeat at the weekend, of the clubs decision to publish such a statement as "Seagulls" star Sean Heaney replied on Twitter "Be nice if you let the players know, shambles." Heaney's tweet has since been deleted.
The aforementioned Craig Walsh pre-recorded an interview with Between the Stripes LOI podcast following Friday's defeat to Limerick, with the former Shelbourne man confirming a "couple of situations were ongoing behind the scenes" at the club.
It now remains to be seen who will be available for selection when the Wanderers host fellow relegation strugglers Sligo Rovers on Saturday.