Hereford United struggled to pay players over summer - Keyte

David Keyte and Richard O'Kelly

Hereford United chairman David Keyte admits the club struggled to pay their players over summer.

The Bulls were relegated from the Football League last season, which compounded their financial problems.

"We have had to pay for too many players through the months of May, June and July with very little income," he told BBC Hereford and Worcester.

"But we're here and the first league match was televised so it's amazing how the pendulum swings back and forth."

He continued: "We've deliberately pegged back the budget quite substantially and you just need to feel the management can get more out of the pennies than previously."

Despite the financial difficulties, Keyte does feel that his side will be able to mount a serious promotion challenge if the players brought in over summer settle in quickly.

"I'm there at the moment as, without any guarantees on the sporting field, I do sense we've got a crop of young, ambitious players who are gelling very quickly as a unit.

"Now they have just got to do in on the pitch."

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