WIDNES Vikings have confirmed reports they will be unable to pay players and staff tomorrow (Wednesday).
It a statement issued late this afternoon, the Championship club said a “key member” of a consortium which was about to take over the business had withdrawn, scuppering those negotiations.
“As a result, the club has, as yet, failed to secure the necessary investment and is unable to make its payroll commitments for all employees tomorrow,” said the statement.
Directors had written off some £370,000 in loans to the Vikings in a bid to keep them afloat but a new infusion of funds would still be needed.
“Throughout the past three months, Widnes Vikings’ board of directors and senior staff members have made extensive efforts to engage business leaders and individuals to secure investment to stabilise the club and overcome the potential threat of administration,” the statement read.
“It had appeared likely that a consortium of investors would take ownership of the club today, providing the necessary investment to secure the club’s future stability.
“Efforts to secure investment remain ongoing and we will continue to pursue all available avenues. The club continues to invite other expressions of interest from individuals or groups that may wish to support Widnes Vikings at this time.”
This Sunday’s home fixture against Sheffield will go ahead “at this stage”, the club added.