09 August 2012

Truro City crisis grows after players not paid by deadline

By Rhod Mitchell, West Briton

The crisis enveloping Truro City deepened this morning when the 10am deadline for the players to be paid passed without any funds being deposited in the squad's bank accounts.

Last week, the players gave 14 days' notice of terminating their contracts, unless they were paid by this morning.

That notice expires next Friday , the day before City's first Blue Square Bet South game at Billericay Town.

And it raises the prospect that if the game does go ahead, City will be forced to field a side made up virtually of reserve team players.

It also surely leaves the position of player-manager Lee Hodges in massive doubt.

One unnamed player described the situation as a "total and utter farce".

He said: "I am truly gutted I won't be wearing the shirt again."

With no news from the club or chairman Kevin Heaney on what is happening, fans have been left totally in the dark, leaving many angry and frustrated.

Who even owns the club is unclear with London investors rumoured to have taken control but the lack of information is only adding to the gloom surrounding Treyew Road.

On Twitter, City skipper Jake Ash, who confirmed the players had not been paid, said: "Since last Thursday TCFC have contacted me once, to tell me to tell the players they aren't allowed to play for anyone else while contracted."

But supporters will now be wondering if its finally the end of the road.

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