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Llanelli still worried by financial concerns

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: December 14, 2012

By Stephen Ware

Llanelli midfielder Antonio Corbisiero

Llanelli midfielder Antonio Corbisiero

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LLANELLI head to Bala tomorrow (2.30) with storm clouds still hanging over the club.

It appeared the Reds were emerging from the financial problems that have blighted their season after chairman Nitin Parekh began paying the club's debts.

But midfielder Antonio Corbisiero revealed that the players are still owed money in unpaid wages.

And all is not well behind the scenes as they travel to North Wales still chasing a place in the Championship Conference.

"From a personal point of view, I'd probably say it's gone too far," said Corbisiero.

"It's got to a stage where there are broken promises all the time.

"We just want to be told the truth, then we know where we stand.

"It's a shame because Llanelli have been a good club for me and I've earned good money over the years.

"But all the boys have lost it. There's no trust there whatsoever."

Llanelli crashed out of the Welsh Cup after a 4-2 defeat to Connah's Quay last weekend and are also struggling in the league.

They sit third from bottom in the table, five points behind Port Talbot, with time running out before the mid-season split.

To make matters worse, there are fears of a mass exodus in January as unhappy players look for other clubs.

"He (Parekh) owes thousands to the players.

"We're still owed for November, parts of October and parts of August," said Corbisiero.

"It's got to the point where boys are sick of it.

"People try to perform, but they can't pay the rent and might get kicked out of their houses.

"But it doesn't seem to get through.

"Boys are at different stages. Most are owed eight weeks, the least is a month."

Players have considered going on strike in the past, but have been advised by the Football Association of Wales that that could make things even worse.

Bala have been a surprise package this season after many tipped them to struggle.

The fifth-placed side are on course for a place in the top-half competition and progressed to the fourth round of the Welsh Cup with a 3-2 win at Monmouth Town last weekend.

New Llanelli boss Bob Jeffrey will attempt to rally his troops for the long trip north, but Corbisiero suggested morale has taken a massive hit.

"We can't keep going on like this," added the former Swansea City man.

"If we don't play, because of the rules and regulations we'd be in breach of contract.

"The FAW would then fine him (Parekh), which doesn't really help us.

"We've got to try to stick it out for as long as we can."

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