Dover Athletic have announced that all of their players have been made available for free transfer.

A statement from chairman Jim Parmenter explains the stark situation at the National League side:

“The club has 14 players under contract for next season, and at a meeting last week, the club’s position was explained in detail to the players and staff. At that meeting, the players and staff were asked to accept a 20% short-term reduction in salary to assist the club in its efforts to stay solvent and keep the club alive, bearing in mind the club will move from four to three days training.

“The management have accepted the proposal, however, unfortunately the players have not agreed. Therefore, it is with great regret that I must announce that all of the squad are now available for free transfer as an initial immediate step.

“I must further inform supporters that if a solution or further investment cannot be found by the end of August, it is likely that the directors will consider the club insolvent, and as a consequence, will be forced to cease trading. The directors are doing everything they can to keep the club afloat, but have reached an impasse and require the support of our playing squad.”

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