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Newcastle Knights and Jets players not paid on time

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The Newcastle Knights have played down a delay in monthly payments to a number of players as ‘‘not a huge issue’’.

Sources close to players contacted the Newcastle Herald on Tuesday to say some players were not paid on Monday or Tuesday, but have been told they will be paid on Wednesday.

The Newcastle Herald has been told Hunter Sports Group employees on monthly contracts, including Knights players in the NRL and Jets players in the A-League, are usually paid on the 15th of every month.

When the 15th falls on a weekend, as was the case last Saturday, the usual procedure is for payments to then be processed on the first business day after that date.

There have also been occasions when those payments can be processed on the Friday before a weekend when the 15th falls on a Saturday or Sunday.

A Knights spokesman said: ‘‘Everything has been processed and it’s all been sorted. It’s not a huge issue from our end.’’

The Newcastle Herald understands a number of Jets players were not paid on Monday but were paid on Tuesday.

The development comes in the wake of revelations by the Newcastle Herald that Knights owner Nathan Tinkler has until the end of the month to renew the $10.3 million bank guarantee underpinning the privatisation agreement his HSG management company signed with the Knights Members Club in August 2011.

The Knights dealt with a similar issue in October 2012 but dismissed it as a ‘‘clerical error’’.