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Payments give Llanelli AFC fresh hope for future

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 20, 2012

By Rachel Moses-Lloyd

Llanelli AFC have paid debts to HMRC and former players

Llanelli AFC have paid debts to HMRC and former players

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THE future of Llanelli's crisis-hit football club may have been secured after debts to former players and HMRC were paid.

And Llanelli AFC's club accounts and admin officer, David Jones, has said the club's future is now looking "a lot better" than it was early last week.

A winding-up petition against the club was dismissed in London's High Court yesterday, following a request by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs lawyers.

Mr Jones told the Post: "They were all paid on Friday. I can't disclose how much, but it's all been paid."

Mr Jones said rent owed to Llanelli Town Council had also been part paid.

"We are in discussion with them for a payment plan to go ahead," he added.

Mel Edwards, town council clerk, confirmed part payment of the arrears — £9,109.82 — relating to the social club rent, had been received from the club following negotiations with the Welsh Premier League (WPL).

By agreeing to accept this payment, the WPL sanctioned the release of the European prize money due to the football club enabling them to settle their debts with ex-players and removing the transfer embargo placed on them.

The balance of the prize money will also be used to make payments to current players and staff so that the football club can field a team to fulfil their remaining fixtures.

Leader of the council Carl Lucas said the council was mindful of the need for the club to be given the opportunity to complete their fixtures.

"The interim payment has now given the football club a chance to move forward and concentrate on their survival within the WPL," he said.

"We will continue to provide the resources required to continue this and hope that the chairman of the Reds now makes himself available to discuss and agree a sustainable way forward."

Former manager, Andy Legg, said he was pleased things seemed to have moved on in the club's financial situation.

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