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Newcastle Knights and Jets players not paid on time


Brett Keeble, Robert Dillon and James Gardiner

Newcastle Knights players with Hunter Sports Group owner Nathan Tinkler (standing).

Newcastle Knights players with Hunter Sports Group owner Nathan Tinkler (standing). Photo: Darren Pateman

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’’.

3 comments so far

  • I thought the Tink was going to be the saviour of our great club. Clearing our debts and giving us some financial stability.

    But here we are back to the bad old days of instability and debt. Ever worked at a job where you weren't sure if you were going to get paid that week? Well I have and it sucked, hard to be motivated. Now try to be motivated with 110kg blokes running full tilt at you.

    Bad luck with injuries and refs aside I wouldn't be surprised if these ongoing financial issues are at least part of the reason for the Knight's flat start to the season.

    Date and time
    March 18, 2014, 5:56PM
    • Tinkler has a very poor reputation in the Hunter.

      many businesses have been burnt in the past when companies associated with Tinkler have failed to pay for goods or sevices rendered.
      Excuses are now being trotted out for the failure to pay wages....not a good sign.

      the drums are now beating that Bennett will be heading back to Brisbane in 2015

      Date and time
      March 19, 2014, 3:46PM
      • Wayne should have enough tucked away too take up the slack.

        The Bush
        Date and time
        March 19, 2014, 8:35PM

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