AFC Fylde have publicised details of Ryan Croasdale’s departure from the club.

The midfielder officially left the club this week, with The FA terminating his contract, Fylde say. The recently-relegated National League North club have described their side of events, beginning: “It all started back in April when the full impact of Covid became apparent and the season was cancelled. An emergency meeting was held between the chief executive Jonty Castle, the manager Jim Bentley and owner David Haythornthwaite.

“Discussions took place on what we should do with regard to the situation, and in particular, players’ wages. It was clear that if players weren’t paid that despite the seriousness of the situation, they could, when the time was right for them, use this to force a move away.

“As this would involve our better players, and those we wanted to protect, the owner believed we should do all we could to ‘protect’ those players by paying them in full, even if that was to the detriment of others. The chief exec and manager argued strongly against this and said that after consultation with the players ‘they were all in it together’ and would accept a ‘package’ that equated to 80% of their wages.

“This would be made up through a combination of the Government furlough money plus a further top-up from the club.”

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