Comets face cash crisis

Players may be asked to play for free as the Comets face a cash crisis.
Players may be asked to play for free as the Comets face a cash crisis. Allan Reinikka

A RESCUE package will be presented to the Rockhampton Leagues Club board tonight as the Central Comets look to secure funding to pay players for the remainder of the season, The Morning Bulletin understands.

It's understood some players have not been paid for recent performances.

There are fears that unless further funding is secured the players might be asked to play the rest of the year without payment.

Recently appointed chief executive David Seabrook said yesterday that tonight's meeting held the key to the situation, but he declined to comment further on the predicament.

The club's chairman, Scott Chapman, was unavailable for comment, with a Comets representative saying he had business commitments.

A couple of other board members either declined to comment at this stage or referred The Morning Bulletin to other parties.

Rockhampton Leagues Club chairman Graeme Crow said the club's board met on the final Thursday of every month.

Crow said he was informed yesterday a letter from the Comets requesting further financial support would be presented at tonight's meeting.

He said the board would consider this request.

There was nothing unusual about the Comets seeking additional funding, which was something that occurred annually, he said.

The leagues club has a long tradition of supporting the Comets and rugby league in the Central Queensland community.

“We sponsor primary schools, secondary schools, junior rugby league and the Rockhampton senior rugby league, as well as the Comets, and we are conscious of our obligations to support rugby league in Rockhampton,” Crow said.

“We're also the major sponsor of senior netball in Rockhampton.”

He said he understood the Comets were also seeking financial support from the CQ NRL Bid Leagues Club.

“We would like to see the CQ NRL Bid League Club contribute, even if it's only one-tenth of what we put in,” Crow said.

CQ NRL Bid chief executive Denis Keeffe said he knew nothing about a request for support from the Comets or about their financial position.

He said the CQ NRL Bid Club supported rugby league in the community.

“We haven't heard from the Comets and we don't really expect to hear from them,” Keeffe said.

Comets players will train tonight under the guidance of coach Wayne Barnett.

Barnett said yesterday his focus was on preparing the team for Sunday's away clash against the Wynnum Seagulls.

The Comets need to win all five remaining games to have any mathematical chance of making the Queensland Cup finals. 

Topics:  cash crisis, comets, rescue package



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