I didn?t resign
By TONY WHITE
SOUTH Grafton Rebels former captain-coach Ray Mercy claims he was sacked and refutes the suggestion he resigned from his post.
Mercy said he was told by South Grafton president Janita Cooper after the Rebels trial against Lower Clarence last Saturday 'my services weren't needed'.
"I was really surprised. It's got me baffled why all this has happened," Mercy said.
"I didn't think it would ever get to this. I was very disappointed. I was enjoying the training especially with the Under-18s, even though we didn't have many senior players.
"All through the problems I told them (committee) I would be sticking this out.
" I didn't ever say I wanted to resign. I just can't understand why they're saying I resigned when I never."
Mercy said following the initial discussion with Cooper he asked for a letter stating the grounds for dismissal.
"They refused to tell me why," Mercy claimed.
"I did miss two training sessions because I had to work at 7pm and one part of the agreement was supplying a medical certificate. I gave them that.
"My contract was changed a couple of times.
"I just want an explanation in writing why I have been dismissed. It's very disheartening."
Mercy said he was seeking legal advice over the matter and is also seeking a release so he can join another club.
When contacted over Mercy's reaction, Cooper said: "In the best interests of the club I'd prefer not to make any comment. We will let the matter take its course."