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A-L clubs in the gun over unpaid players

  • A-L clubs in the gun over unpaid players

The Central Coast Mariners could be in for a horror January transfer window, with a number of players reportedly free to leave because of unpaid superannuation.

The new collective bargaining agreement for A-League players states that players can become free agents if clubs do not wholly meet the agreements of their contract, including full payments and entitlements.

The Professional Footballers Association has confirmed they are monitoring the situation and that non-payment of superannuation is a breach of a player's contract.

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It means as many as five players have made inquiries about finding a new club for the rest of the season according to Fairfax Media, while many others could seek a similar path.

The crisis would most likely hit their younger, lesser paid players, who could become the target of rival clubs.

The news comes just days after goalkeeper Liam Reddy was released by the Mariners, while defender Eddy Bosnar was cut by the club last month after falling out with coach Tony Walmsley.

The Mariners aren't the first club to be embroiled in such a scandal.

Brisbane lost Socceroos midfielder Luke Brattan in August after they failed to pay their players and staff throughout the last off-season.

Newcastle Jets players and staff members also missed payments three times earlier this year during a period of mismanagement under previous owner Nathan Tinkler.

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