Crusaders players receive their wages for July


Crusaders have paid the monthly wage of their players despite the financial problems at the Super League club.

The Welsh franchise admitted financial concerns forced them to withdraw their application to extend their three-year stay in Super League.

Gareth Thomas had feared he and his Crusaders colleagues may not be paid following their decision to leave top-flight rugby league.

But a Crusaders player has told BBC Sport they have been paid for July.

The Wrexham club had originally applied to continue as one of 14 Super League clubs for the next three seasons.

But the Crusaders pulled out of the Super League running before Tuesday's franchise announcement.

Now the Rugby Football League said there would now be discussions with Super League's bottom club Crusaders about them club playing in the second tier Championship.

Crusaders survived a winding-up order after being placed in administration in November 2010 in a bid to remove the burden of debt they inherited before moving to Wrexham from Bridgend, thought to amount to around £1.25m, in December 2009.

That saw them start this season with a minus four points deduction under new coach Iestyn Harris - before coming out of administration in December 2010.