RUGBY league club Crusaders issued a statement this afternoon (Friday, December 10) stressing the club has a bright future.

The move comes after the Wrexham-based club’s administrators, Yorkshire-based O’Hara and Co, stated this morning they would have to dismiss players unless a purchase agreement was finalised.

The Crusaders statement, posted on the club website, says: “In response to stories that have appeared in the media concerning the action the administrator might take, Crusaders RL can reassure fans that the club continues to have a bright future.

"A conclusion to the administration process is imminent.”

It continues with a response from Rod Findlay, Crusaders' chief executive, who says: “Talks between the club, the administrators and the Rugby Football League are still ongoing in a bid to take the club forward.

"We are hopeful of concluding the process very soon. In the meantime, the club staff continue with their planning for the 2011 Engage Super League season.

“The club would like to allay any fears supporters may have by confirming that player contracts will be honoured by the new company and the players have nothing to fear.

“There are many twists and turns in the administration process and several options for concluding the issue.

"If the administrator terminates the players’ contracts with the old company then the club will simply have to look at the other options.

"It is not a problem that fans need to worry about.

“We appreciate supporters’ concerns and thank them for their continued patience and support.

"The club is fully confident that a positive final outcome will be achieved over the coming days."