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FOOTBALL: Shunned duo stump up wages.

AIRDRIE duo Austin McCann and Eddie Forrest will report back to the club today after agreeing to hand over half their wages to the Save the Diamonds campaign.

The so-called rebels were the only players at the crisis club who refused to sign contracts to half their wages after speaking with agent Ian Redford.

Now they hope their U-turn will end the feud which has been going on with several of the other players who signed away half their salaries in the fight to keep the beleaguered club afloat.

Both McCann and Forrest will see Airdrie manager Gary Mackay today along with Redford in a bid to settle the problem.

McCann said: "We were always going to give over half our money.

"But we were given 10 minutes to decide whether we were going to sign legally binding documents and decided we wanted to talk to our agent.

"I wasn't even given the chance to speak with my mother and father about it.

"The next thing we knew we were reading in the papers that our careers with the club could be over.

"We've talked it through and we're going to give half our money to the Save the Diamonds campaign."

Now McCann hopes that the players who have shunned him and Forrest will accept that they too are fighting for the club.

He said: "Hopefully things will get back to normal and the rest of the players will see our point of view.

"I've been at Airdrie since I was 15 and I've known most of the players for five years.

"It's upsetting not to be on speaking terms with guys who have been mates."

Forrest said: "It's very disappointing how the other players reacted because they made their decision and we just wanted time to make ours.

"Now we will be handing over the money on Friday night at a fund-raiser for the club and I hope the boys will accept our objection was never about money.

"The club's in a bad mess but we're all hoping someone will come in and turn the situation round."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Campbell, Iain
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Feb 17, 2000
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