Magpies Ryan Binge and DJ Eamens make a tackle during the NRRRL match between the Magpies and Northern United at Maclean Showground on Sunday 9th August, 2015. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner
Magpies Ryan Binge and DJ Eamens make a tackle during the NRRRL match between the Magpies and Northern United at Maclean Showground on Sunday 9th August, 2015. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner Debrah Novak

PAY YOUR DEBTS: Northern need to be more cash savvy

IN Behind the Desk this week we discuss the fall of Northern United, after the club was scrapped from the NRRRL 2017 season after accruing too much financial debt.

Jarrard "Pottsy” Potter writes that the club must take responsibility when it comes to mismanaghing funds...

I CAN'T help but feel sorry for all the players and supporters of Northern United, who will miss out on the 2017 season after unpaid debts forced the NRRRL's hand to cut the team from the competition.

As a Lower Clarence Magpies supporter, I know that it's hard to see your team miss out on playing footy, and it hurts the community just as much as the players, but if Northern United haven't been able to play their players, let alone Lismore City Council ground hire fees for three consecutive years, this might be the shock they need to flick the restart switch and come back stronger.

No matter how you look at it, at the end of the day the club is responsible for their debts. If they can't get their finances in order, it's only delaying the inevitable that mismanagement will bring about their downfall.

The club would have known how much they owed and if they can't pay their debts then they shouldn't be allowed to continue playing until the debts have been sorted.

The CRL and NRRRL should be doing what they can to support the club but business is business.

Let's hope Northern United can sort things out and get back to playing footy soon.



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