PRESIDENT Peter Matthews has revealed Wakefield FC hope to continue playing in the Evo-Stik Premier League even if some of the current squad decide to ply their trade elsewhere in light of the club’s financial problems.
The club’s players have agreed to play unpaid until after tomorrow’s game at Bamber Bridge to alleviate financial pressures while Matthews looks for parties interested in helping the club in the long-term.
But if they decide to leave for pastures new after the weekend Matthews hopes the club will continue to run with a set of players prepared to play under the club’s current financial constraints.
“We’ve got to realise that it’s possible that after Saturday some players may look elsewhere for their football because of the uncertainty surrounding the club’s future,” he said.
“I’ve got a couple of contacts saying that it’d be possible to get a set of lads in to compete at this level if required so we’d follow that up if needed.”
Matthews had talked of the club resigning from the league completely in the coming weeks but it now seems likely they’ll look to continue if they have player availability.
He has, however, admitted his frustration in searching for parties interested in helping the cash-strapped club.
“There hasn’t really been any progress as yet,” he said.
“It’s been really frustrating to be honest. We’ve had people come forward and show interest but then I’ve tried to arrange meetings and get back to them but there’s been nothing.
“A couple of people have come forward to help us try and secure some sponsorship deals to help with funding and there were two people who seemed to show a keen interest but now one has dropped out.”
The club has no debts but has struggled financially largely due to an unpaid debt of £40,000 owed to the club by a sponsor. A forced move to groundshare with Ossett Town after leaving their previous College Grove base has meant income streams have also dried up.
Anyone interested in helping Wakefield FC should contact Matthews direct on 07943 829818 for more information.
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