Diamonds under an embargo

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A transfer embargo should be lifted on Rushden & Diamonds by the end of this week.

The Football Conference imposed a ban on new signings at Nene Park over an unpaid tax bill.

However the club are set to agree a payment plan with HM Revenue & Customs which would allow Diamonds boss Justin Edinburgh to strengthen the squad with a couple of players arriving on loan.

New chairman Liam Beasant also confirmed that payment of wages for the staff and players had been delayed by a few days last week.

He said: “The transfer embargo is being lifted at the moment.

“We’ve spoken to HMRC and that shouldn’t cause any further problems.

“By next month we will have everything under control financially.

“A few things have jumped up at us but we expected that to happen.

“We were owed money which covered a large part of the wages and that caused a delay.

“We went to explain the situation to the players and they were really good about it – especially with the way they played last Tuesday night against Bath City.

“We had a problem but we shouldn’t find ourselves in that position again.”

Edinburgh revealed that he hopes to sign a midfielder and forward when the transfer embargo is lifted – probably before Saturday’s trip to Wrexham.

He added: “We’ve got a busy period coming up so I’d like to bring in a couple of players by the end of this week.”

Diamonds will stage another fans’ forum in the Kimberley Suite on Friday from 7.30pm along with the board of directors, coaching staff and players.

Beasant added: “After everything that has happened in the last week, I’m sure the supporters will have a lot of questions.”

Meanwhile, Diamonds are back in action tonight at home to Forest Green Rovers.

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