Malone: Steelmen players are in it together

Corby Town defender Paul Malone insists the Steelmen squad will stick together during the uncertain times at the club
Corby Town defender Paul Malone insists the Steelmen squad will stick together during the uncertain times at the club

Paul Malone says the Corby Town playing staff are “in it together” as they prepare to take on St Albans City in the Calor League Premier Division at Steel Park tonight (Wednesday).

Uncertainty over the club’s future is threatening to overshadow what has been happening on the pitch after it was revealed this week that the Steelmen could be plunged into administration if a dispute with Corby Borough Council can’t be resolved.

A cut in the club’s funding and a desire for Corby to produce a state-of-the-art sports pavilion with conference facilities and function rooms are at the heart of the issue.

But, within it all, it has been confirmed that the recent cashflow problems have now filtered through to the playing squad who have seen a delay in wages recently.

The exact amount owed to them has not yet been made public.

Malone, a Corby boy born and bred, insists there is no desire within the squad to “leave the club in the lurch” and the players have already confirmed they will play against St Albans tonight.

But the central defender is expecting further discussions to take place after the game and ahead of the trip to Chesham United on Saturday.

Despite everything hanging over their heads, the Steelmen breathed new life into their bid to sneak into the top five of the table with a superb 3-0 win over Bideford at the weekend.

Malone is hoping the Corby public will be out in force this evening with the club facing one of its darkest hours and he insists there will be no question marks over the players’ commitment to the cause.

“The message from us is simple - we are in it together,” the popular defender said.

“We are the ones who do our job on the pitch and the training ground and we are just going to get on with our job and let everyone else get on with whatever they have to do.

“We have agreed to play the game tonight. We don’t want to leave the club in the lurch.

“But we have to take a stance on things. We have spoken with people and I am sure there will be more conversations after the game.

“We will play tonight and hopefully have a meeting with the chairman and go from there.

“That’s all we can do. There will be no question marks over us tonight. We will go out there to perform at our best.

“Everything is out in the open now and hopefully that has a positive effect.

“Hopefully more people will come up and watch us and we will try to put in the sort of performance we put in at the weekend and show everyone what a good team we can be.”

The Steelmen will be hoping to have joint-manager Tommy Wright (neck) and Sam Ives (knee) back from their respective injuries while Nathan Stanton is also expected to return after missing the Bideford game due to personal reasons.

You can find the latest news on all the issues at Steel Park in Thursday’s Corby Telegraph

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