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Captain Colin Nixon urges players to stay at Glentoran

DEAL: Glentoran chairman Terence Brannigan and McLean's Bookmakers Managing Director Paul McLean

DEAL: Glentoran chairman Terence Brannigan and McLean's Bookmakers Managing Director Paul McLean

  • by Gareth Fullerton
 

Glentoran captain Colin Nixon hopes Thursday’s funding boost will halt any potential player exodus from the Oval.

The Glens have announced a “significant” financial package with main sponsors McLean Bookmakers which will ease the club’s cashflow problems.

It is believed McLean’s have contributed in the region of £50,000 to help secure the “long-term viability” of the east Belfast outfit.

Only last month players took the decision not to attend training after it emerged they had not been paid in eight weeks.

It was the second time this year that the club was unable to pay staff salaries.

Speculation continues to mount over the future of a number of Eddie Patterson’s squad, with rival clubs ready to take advantage of Glentoran’s financial plight in the January transfer window.

But following Thursday’s good news story, club captain Nixon believes the outlook is positive.

“There have been rumours of players leaving the club, and I can’t give you answers to speculation,” he said.

“But I would hope those players stay at the club. It is a great club, and I tell any player there is no greater club to play for.

“We have a massive fan base, and now we have a sound financial footing I would urge them all to stay.

Nobody would begrudge them if they want to leave, but hopefully they all stay and we can push up the league.”

 

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