CWMBRAN have been given a massive boost after their players decided to stand
by the cash-strapped club indefinitely - pay or no pay.
At Tuesday's training season, manager Sean Wharton was forced to tell his squad
that the Crows had run out of money for the second time in 12 months after
a potential sponsorship deal fell through.
"Text messages from the players have been brilliant," says Wharton, who
played 132 times for the Gwent outfit himself. "They have said they are happy
to play for me through thick and thin, regardless of the money.
"It is unbelievable really and the messages touched me and warmed me to realise
they want to stay.
"I have had telephone calls as well as text messages and that is extremely
promising. I think they will be really up for it because, for some, it will be
their last game.
"If they were paid £200 a game they couldn't give any more. I know
they will give me everything. The camaraderie in the dressing room is second
to none and confidence is high," he added.
But there will be no reunion at tonight's game against Aberystwyth with former
boss Brian Coyne, who left during the previous cash crisis, as he is in Scotland
for a wedding.
1 December 2006