Tommy Wright says Corby Town will have a team to put out for tonight’s (Wednesday) Calor League Premier Division clash with Poole Town at Steel Park.
The Steelmen’s preparations have been thrown into chaos after joint-boss Wright confirmed yesterday that a number of players were considering a boycott of the fixture over wages that remain unpaid.
It has now been revealed that contracted players Paul Malone, Chris Carruthers and Sam Ives will not play in the game.
Wright has said he is “trying to convince” non-contracted senior players Tom McGowan and captain Gareth Jelleyman to play.
Claudiu Hoban and Nathan Stanton are both serving one-match bans, although Wright says both would have played. But with Aman Verma having already left this week, Corby could be without eight who have been first-team regulars in recent weeks.
Wright insists he doesn’t blame Malone, Carruthers and Ives for “making a stand” with the issues over wages now stretching back over a month.
The Steelmen remain in a dispute with Corby Borough Council over a cut in funding and money the club says is owed to them while they are also at loggerheads over the development of a new sports pavilion at Steel Park.
All of that has cast a shadow over the club’s future and cashflow problems have now struck the squad.
But Wright said: “We have got a team, it is just a matter of how many substitutes we can get on the bench.
“We have had lads who have trained with us who are now registered so it’s not as bad as it could be, although it certainly isn’t ideal.
“I am doing all I can to convince Tom and Gareth to play but I can understand why the contracted lads have decided to take a stand. Maybe if I was in their position I would as well.
“I am not going to sit here and blame this person and that person.
“The most important thing for me and Stan (fellow boss Andrew Wilson) is that we get a team out there and make sure we all do the best we can.
“This isn’t a personal thing between the players and the managers, people understand that isn’t how it is.
“They have their reasons and I can understand it. What we have to do now is make sure we get through a very hard game tonight and then re-assess things before we go to AFC Totton at the weekend.”
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