North Wales Crusaders players and staff agree to take pay cut

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Charlie Croasdale

NORTH WALES CRUSADERS players and staff have taken a 15 per cent pay cut in order to balance the books at the League One club. 

Head coach Anthony Murray explained the Wrexham-based outfit were asked to cut their wages by the club’s board following the departure of former chief executive Jamie Thomas, who left the club last month. 

Murray believes his players deserve ‘immense credit’ with all of them agreeing to the new terms and is now focused on ensuring his side are ready to challenge for promotion when their domestic campaign begins on March 6 at home to Barrow. 

“The board went through the finances and realised we were living beyond our means so we were asked to take a 15 per cent pay cut,” explained Murray.

“No-one is bigger than the club and we took a decision that it is far more important to have a rugby league club in North Wales, rather than risk losing it. 

“If this means we get away from the off-field problems, then that is an outcome we’re willing to work towards. It’s immense credit to our players that they were willing to take a cut in their pay. 

“It is testament to the sort of players we have here that none of them have left as a result of the pay cut, and now we’re fully focused on getting it right on the field. 

“We’re happy to move forward and try to challenge for promotion, now it’s time for the board to also sort itself out.” 

Crusaders suffered a disappointing weekend as their friendly clash with Salford Red Devils at The Racecourse was postponed just hours before kick-off on Sunday. 

Murray hopes to arrange a friendly with York at The Rock for Sunday, but it is yet to be confirmed. 

“It was incredibly frustrating to be called off late on, but you can’t do much about the weather,” Murray explained. “It’s not ideal as we had things we wanted to work on from the Batley game. 

“Hopefully we can get a friendly this weekend with York and there’s a chance we will be able to rearrange with Salford, it’s something I’m working on.” 

Murray also revealed former captain Andy Moulsdale has moved on from the club.

For more on the Crusaders, see Tuesday's edition of the Leader.

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