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AARON Greene is a Bray Wan­der­ers player. Aaron Greene wants to be a Bray Wan­der­ers player. Aaron Greene will re­main a Bray Wan­der­ers player.

The much-de­sired at­tacker has not and will not have his head turned by other clubs con­tact­ing him and even if he did there’s noth­ing he can do about it as he is un­der con­tract. But he, and all other play­ers he claims – want to com­mit to the Bray Wan­der­ers cause.

“Ev­ery one of us is united on that. Peo­ple are get­ting mixed mes­sages and prob­a­bly don’t un­der­stand the mean­ing be­hind it (play­ers’ state­ment) – the mean­ing be­hind it is we want clar­ity of what’s go­ing on with this foot­ball club.

“It’s not about play­ers leav­ing. It’s mad to think that peo­ple think you can just leave – you can’t. I’ve an 18 month con­tract and I’ve a fam­ily that I’ve got to pro­vide for so I want clar­ity on it just like ev­ery­one else.

“It’s about us as a group. The quicker it is re­solved, the bet­ter for all of us. I don’t want peo­ple mak­ing ex­cuses to­day – Cork beat us be­cause they were bet­ter than us.

“The rea­son be­hind it is that we want sta­bil­ity for this foot­ball club.

“I don’t know how peo­ple are look­ing at it from the out­side but that’s how we’re look­ing at it. I’ve never been at a club be­fore where I’ve seen ev­ery sin­gle one of us stand to­gether as a team and it’s great to see.”

The tur­moil has cre­ated a har- mony in the club and Greene had hoped it would pro­vide the mo­ti­va­tion to shock Cork on Sun­day.

With so much me­dia spec­u­la­tion in re­cent times, it came as a sur­prise when it was an­nounced that Bray’s visit to Inchicore on Fri­day would be tele­vised but Greene sees it as the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to show ev­ery­one what this foot­ball club is about.

“That’s what we wanted to do to­day. We get paid to play foot­ball but it hasn’t been great for the last few weeks.

“When you’re out there and you see the crowd – and it was a great crowd – that’s what it’s about. Hope­fully the fans can travel on Fri­day be­cause they’re on a bit of a run at the mo­ment so it’ll be a tough game.

“It show­cases us. This is our first time on the telly and I think we de­serve it. We’re one of the high­est scor­ers and I know we’re con­ced­ing a lot but sure isn’t that what peo­ple want?

“Hope­fully we can put a big per­for­mance in on Fri­day night and show­case our tal­ents be­cause there’s great play­ers in that dress­ing room.”

Harry Kenny bears ab­so­lutely no grudges against his play­ers for their cur­rent stance and ex­pects the af­fair to be re­solved within the week. Bray Wan­der­ers suc­cumbed to a 0-2 loss at Cork City’s hands on Sun­day but it could have been a dif­fer­ent story had ref­eree Robert Har­vey not dis­al­lowed a goal from Gary McCabe at 0-1. The at­tacker’s free, in­tended as a cross, floated straight in but the ef­fort was chalked off for rea­sons that Kenny is un­sure of.

“I don’t know what it was dis­al­lowed for. There was talk of Ryan (Bren­nan) push­ing or some­thing but it looked a very good ball in from Gary and it’s just one of those melees where there’s loads of bod­ies in the box.

“It looked a de­cent goal to me. I was ask­ing Liam (O’Brien) who scored and I turned around then and he’d given some­thing for a foul. I cer­tainly didn’t see a foul and I’d like to see it back.”

In the stand-off be­tween club di­rec­tors and play­ers, Kenny ad­mits he is neu­tral but he un­der­stands why his play­ers are seek­ing clar­i­fi­ca­tion.

He is con­fi­dent that all will be fixed by the time the tele­vi­sion cam­eras roll at Inchicore on Fri­day when the Seag­ulls take on St. Pa­trick’s Ath­letic.

“I am caught some­where in the mid­dle. The in­vest­ment is there ac­cord­ing to the di­rec­tors of the club but the lads are just look­ing for a guar­an­tee on that. I’m hop­ing that might ma­te­ri­alise this week. I’m very op­ti­mistic.

“I’d be happy that it is there. I’ve been told that it is there and they’ve been very good to me since I’ve come in and they haven’t sent me up any gar­den path by any stretch of the imag­i­na­tion. They’ve treated me very well, they’ve treated the play­ers re­ally well.

“Ev­ery­body has been paid up to now so there’s noth­ing for me to be giv­ing out about.

“It’s their liveli­hood. It’s like any job – if there’s un­cer­tainty there’s go­ing to be con­cerns. I’m with the play­ers on that.”

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