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Deveronvale players and management team suspend wages to ease club's financial burden

By Jonathan Clark

ALL Deveronvale players and management staff have suspended their wages to help the club through any financial hardship brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.

The Highland League season was declared over after a meeting of all the clubs in Lossiemouth on Saturday.

The decision was made to end the season, which was originally suspended on March 13, and award the title to league leaders Brora Rangers.

The move, while unanimously backed by all clubs, is likely to have a financial impact on all teams across the league.

Princess Royal Park, home of Deveronvale.
Princess Royal Park, home of Deveronvale.

Vale assistant manager Craig Stewart believes waiving wages was the right thing to do. He said: “We are not playing and the players and management team want to help out the club.

“The community are aware of the club’s financial situation. It’s not great. The players not getting paid will be a huge help.

“People didn’t even need to think about suspending their wages – it was a no-brainer. We are not going to get paid for doing nothing.

“There were no issues with any of the players. For a lot of these players, the money they earn doesn’t pay the bills, it’s just an added extra.”

Deveronvale assistant manager Craig Stewart.
Deveronvale assistant manager Craig Stewart.

Stewart also gave his backing to the decision to end the league season and name Brora as champions.

He added: “I’m not surprised the decision was unanimous.

“In the circumstances, people’s health and the bigger picture comes into play. I don’t think Brora could have been caught anyway.

“We would have liked to finish the season and gone up a place or two – but that is totally irrelevant given the situation.

“I’m really hopeful we can get next season up and running – if on time great and if not then as soon as possible. But football comes second.”

The move to suspend wages was effective from last week up until the start of the 2020-21 campaign. From a contract point of view, the situation looks better with just Jody Munro and Courtney Cooper to sign up for Vale.

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