Rugby league pay dispute: 'It's pretty upsetting'
AN ONGOING pay dispute is likely to make for another not-so-happy Christmas for local rugby league star, Chris King and his family.
The former Northern United player and his family will have to shelf holiday plans for a second, consecutive Christmas if he isn't paid the $2400 he's owed by the club.
"It's pretty upsetting. We look forward to that money for Christmas and this year and last year has been not very exciting in the holidays," Mr King said.
"We look forward to having a good Christmas with the kids and have some fun times with them but last Christmas and probably this Christmas again we won't be doing much at all," Mr King said.
Last month, Northern United secretary Naomi Moran told the Northern Star Mr King late payment comes down to a botched Country Rugby League contact application by old management.
She also said the Club's continuous financial woes are another factor delaying the father-of-three's overdue payment for the 2015 season.
Ms Moran's promise of paying Mr King in full last month on Friday, November 4.
Club president, Lester Moran, treasurer, Mel Moran as well as Naomi Moran were contacted by the Northern Star for comment on the pay debacle this week.
Negotiations made with the club to pay Mr King portions of his outstanding pay have also failed leaving him frustrated and helpless.
"I'm sick of hearing the same old story for the last 12 months, waiting for this, waiting for that, and nothing happens," Mr King said.
"I've asked them for half of that and they can't even come up with that."
Mr King's family is deeply entrenched within the Northern United club executive fabric.
His father, Noel King is one of the founding members of the club and other family members are on the club's committee.
Mr King said he was one of five unpaid players left after the 2015 season - three returned this season and were paid but he and David Fernando didn't return and have yet to be paid more than 12 months later.
For Mr Fernando, he's not holding his breath regarding his $2200 owed by the club.
He said he no longer trusts the club and is highly doubtful they will pay him for the 2015 season.
While he doesn't have a young family to provide for, Mr Fernando said he's feeling the pinch in trying to maintain car payments among other financial commitments.