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.”