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Rushden & Diamonds skipper Aaron O'Connor is confident the players will continue to show the right attitude for boss Justin Edinburgh
Rushden & Diamonds skipper Aaron O'Connor is confident the players will continue to show the right attitude for boss Justin Edinburgh

Aaron O’Connor insists the Rushden & Diamonds squad will give 100 per cent – despite being forced to keep waiting for their wages.

The players resumed training yesterday after refusing to go out for Friday’s session when all staff payments were delayed for the second successive month.

Diamonds will be back in Blue Square Bet Premier action at bottom-of-the-table Histon tonight.

The Professional Footballers’ Association have told the squad to carry on as normal – even though it remains unclear when the wages will be paid.

Diamonds skipper O’Connor revealed: “Everyone trained yesterday but we chose not to on Friday.

“That was a group decision with the backing of the coaching staff and manager (Justin Edinburgh).

“It was all about sorting ourselves out and we did speak about missing Saturday’s game at Mansfield Town.

“The PFA got involved and advised us over the best thing to do. They told us strike action is not worth it.

“We know there are other teams in a lot worse position than ourselves and at the end of last week we were only one day behind on our pay.

“We didn’t want to make any rash decisions.

“A few lads said they didn’t want to play because they were upset by the manner of how this happened.

“February’s wages were a bit late but if there are going to be problems then we just want to be told in advance.

“We should have been paid last Thursday and we didn’t find out until the last minute. We want to be kept informed about what’s going on.

“The chairman (Liam Beasant) hasn’t spoken directly to the players but we are getting messages all over the place.

“The gaffer (Edinburgh) is doing what he can to keep everyone together and focused. But the finances are out of his control.

“He has probably done the right thing to stay away from the other decisions and make sure we give a good account of ourselves in training and matches.

“Apparently the wages are getting sorted this week but everyone is concerned. Unfortunately there’s not a lot we can do as a group of players.

“We will abide by our contracts and perform our duties for the club.

“We are going to stick to our jobs and give 100 per cent. Hopefully everything else will get sorted out.”