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Bray Wanderers 'back in business' after securing funds to pay players

The struggling League of Ireland club have received renewed support in recent days.

Bray players had previously been told they could leave the club.
Bray players had previously been told they could leave the club.
Image: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

BRAY WANDERERS CHAIRMAN Denis O’Connor has declared the embattled club ‘back in business’ after announcing that funding has been secured to pay the players for the rest of the current season and into 2018.

In a statement released this afternoon, O’Connor said Bray’s financial crisis has been resolved in the short-term and the club are now in a position to see out the remainder of the season after a number of parties came forward to offer support.

“The Club are pleased to announce that within the past week funding has been organised to fulfil the remainder of this season and into 2018,” the statement read.

“We regret the unease caused by our honesty and the concern it caused to our fans/players/coaches/our fellow Clubs in The League of Ireland and their fans/FAI and the greater football community including St Josephs Boys plus the Wicklow Leagues. To all my apologies.

“We had a very busy week and are now in a better place because the call was answered by people in County Wicklow and South Dublin.

“It was most encouraging the various messages of support plus the financial backing received. It certainly answered my question on whether we can get support for this Club.

“A special message to all the League of Ireland Clubs who contacted me to support and offer help – it proves that the Clubs are working for each other.

“I have written earlier to the PFAI setting out that all contracts will be honoured.

“So now, let’s get behind Harry Kenny and get the results flowing. On that note a special word of thanks to Harry and his staff who have shown excellent support and commitment this past week.

Denis O'Connor Bray chairman Denis O'Connor. Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

“As always we have an open door for anybody who wishes to help in any way.

“Bray Wanderers FC is back in business and look forward to our next home match.”

The Football Association of Ireland released a statement shortly after.

“The Football Association of Ireland is encouraged that Bray Wanderers FC have declared that they have received the necessary funding to complete the 2017 SSE Airtricity League season.

“The club will now be required to provide the Independent Licensing Committee with confirmation as to their current financial status and adhere to the protocol set down by the Committee in relation to maintaining a Licence for the current season.”

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