Tom Rawlings hopes Launceston squad will stay

Tom Rawlings

Launceston skipper Tom Rawlings hopes that the bulk of the first-team squad will stay at the club next season.

The club has been hit by wage problems and news that coaches Simon Owens and Tony Roques will quit at the end of the current National Two South campaign.

"We need to build and we need to keep Launceston up and running," Rawlings, who plays his 100th game for the club next week, told BBC Radio Cornwall.

"Players come and go all the time but we want to keep as many as possible."

The Cornish side has endured financial problems over the past few years after being liquidated in in August 2010, which lead to a 20 point deduction and saw them relegated from National One at the end of last season.

Last month the squad were forced to take a pay cut and were told last week that their wages due at the end of April would not be paid until May.

"It's the third or fourth year running that the guys have taken a hammering in wages.

"The guys sign contracts at the start of the season and they rely on that money.

"I think there was bit of trust lost between the committee and the players but I think we've rebuilt that.

"Hopefully the future looks bright again and players will stay," he added.

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