Wild concerned for Salford

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EX-Warrior Stephen Wild admits it is a “worrying time” for Salford.

The Reds skipper is among several Wiganers on the payroll of the financially-troubled club.

Salford’s future was plunged into turmoil this week when the city council said it wouldn’t loan the club £750,000 to help them avoid a winding-up petition next month, over debts including an unpaid tax bill.

And Wild – who made a century of appearances during five years at home-town club Wigan – told the Evening Post: “To be honest we don’t really know what’s going on – we know as much as everyone else.

“It’s a worrying time, especially with Christmas coming up. Some people may think Super League players earn enough to retire, but we’re just like anybody else, we live month to month, and if we don’t get paid one month it means the mortgage won’t get paid.

“Hopefully we get paid next week, because we’re relying on our wages to live.”

Reds players Wayne Godwin, Matty Ashurst, Jordan James, Stuart Howarth and Josh Veivers, and coaches Phil Veivers and Sean Long, also have ties to Wigan, either the club or town.

The crisis comes just months after Bradford went into has unfortunate shades of the crisis which saw Bradford go into administration.

Wild, 31, added: “The chairman met with us and told us everything is being done to get new investment for the club.

“The good thing is Wakefield survived it and Bradford got through it – and hopefully we can.”