Worcester captain insists players all want the club to survive but ‘plan B is in place’

Club captain Ted Hill accepts that given the great uncertainty surrounding the Warriors’ future, Worcester players need a “plan B”.

Administrators Begbies Traynor continue to try to find a buyer for the suspended Gallagher Premiership outfit.

Worcester’s debts total more than £25million, including at least £6million in unpaid taxes, while owners Colin Goldring and Jason Whittingham have been accused of robbing assets from the club.

The Warriors’ Premiership game against Gloucester on Saturday is over, with the next home game against the Harlequins scheduled for October 8th.

Two syndicates, one of which includes former Worcester chief executive Jim O’Toole, are understood to have expressed interest in buying the club out of administration.

Warriors failed to meet a Rugby Football Union deadline requiring proof of insurance and funding for the club’s monthly payroll, resulting in their being banned from all competitions.

The next wage payment day is on Friday. If players do not receive their September salaries, they can move elsewhere after a subsequent two-week notice period.

While England international Hill says “everyone wants everything to work in Worcester”, he acknowledges the general situation.

“People have to do their due diligence at this point because they don’t know what’s going to happen in the future,” Hill told the PA news agency.

“Guys have to make sure there is a plan B in place. Everyone wants everything to work out in Worcester, but at the end of the day we are professional players.

“I think people will be advised by their agents on what is best to do going forward. First and foremost, we want Warriors to train and move in the right direction.

“We all hope that we can be back as soon as possible. We’ve all made a commitment and are relatively confident that hopefully we’ll be able to play again soon.”

Worcester players are training individually or in small groups this week, but outside of the Warriors’ Sixways Stadium due to lack of public liability insurance.

Hill added: “Mentally it’s very tough. It was difficult for all of us.

“We’ve had games where we’ve had meetings beforehand, if there’s an insurance, ‘does the game go on?’ It wasn’t easy for anyone: players, staff, families. It affects many people.

Worcester players at the final whistle after beating Newcastle in their last game before the suspension (Zac Goodwin/PA)

(PA wire)

“We understand there is still work to be done to get back to where we want to be.

“But you have to be positive in a way – we’re optimistic – otherwise you end up in a miserable state. We try to encourage positivity, but we also understand the seriousness of the situation.

“Hopefully the admin can get things right, hopefully buyers who we think are out there come in and help the club.

“It’s a big part of the community and people are desperate to see it go back to its former glory.”

Exeter rugby director Rob Baxter (Adam Davy/PA)

(PA wire)

Exeter rugby director Rob Baxter, meanwhile, believes a complex situation in Worcester could take time to be resolved.

Baxter said: “By and large, the situation at Worcester seems so complicated that I don’t think anyone there is predicting a quick outcome.

“I think it’s probably going to shock some people at how long it’s going to take to work through it.

“There are no quick answers, no quick fixes and if there are no quick fixes then it’s hard to imagine them still playing a role in the Premiership season, I would say.

“I’m not sitting here thinking this will be done in two or three weeks.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/worcester-ted-hill-people-plan-b-gallagher-premiership-b2177323.html Worcester captain insists players all want the club to survive but ‘plan B is in place’

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