02 August 2012

City in limbo as players "go ill"

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With the start of the new season just over two weeks' away, there is still massive uncertainty about the future of Truro City.

As of Tuesday, the last day of the month, it was understood the squad had not been paid this month's wages leaving many of the players disillusioned and upset.

Perhaps significantly a number cried off Tuesday night training citing "illness", including Adam Kelly, Arran Pugh, Tim Sandercombe, new signing from Falmouth Town Dan Green and Ben Adelsbury and Stewart Yetton, who suffered a hamstring injury in Saturday's 3-2 win against Falmouth Town which in any case is likely to keep him out for several weeks.

And it is understood the only fit first team squad regular at training was former Penryn midfielder Cody Cooke.

It had been expected that new investors would come into the club by now, with chairman and owner Kevin Heaney, who is thought to be out of the county, stepping back.

But it is believed nothing has yet been finalised leaving the club in a virtual state of limbo.

Newly-appointed chief executive Mark Woolcock is away on holiday and could not be contacted, and there was even speculation that he might have been suspended.

Vice-chairman Chris Webb referred all enquiries to either Messrs Woolcock or Heaney, who also could not be contacted.

Webb added that he did not know what was happening.

It is a worrying situation for the financially troubled club, who have lurched from one crisis to another in recent times after  a meteoric rise up through the leagues.

They are next due in action at Tiverton on Saturday (3pm), but it is unclear what sort of side player-manager Lee Hodges will be able to take to Ladysmead.

They then play at home to St Blazey on Tuesday evening (7.45pm) in what is currently their last match before their first Blue Square Bet South game at Billericay Town on Saturday August 18.

If there is an exodus of players then Hodges could be forced to field a team of untried youngsters in order to fulfil the club's fixtures.

Last season the players almost quit after the non-payment of wages, though the situation was eventually resolved. 

They  have been remarkably loyal, but it seems as even their patience is finally running out  and there are even suggesstions they could be set to walk away from the club if they are not paid today.

City supporters will now be  desperately hoping that a solution is found before disaster strikes.

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