We're not going anywhere says club president
DUNGHUTTI president Charlie Quinlan has no doubt the club will be back in the Group 2 competition by the weekend and declares his organisation simply wishes to be treated like any other football club.
“There are people telling lies about our financial situation and others in our own community trying to undermine us,” he said, when asked to comment on the Broncos' suspension from the competition.
“We have explained to Group 2 what has been happening with the money and it looks like our sponsors, who promised to pay our insurance and other operating costs, have let us down.
“I will be going to the main sponsor today to find why the insurance payments haven't been made.”
Quinlan maintains the clash with Macleay Valley will take place on Sunday after the unpaid insurance debt with Country Rugby League is cleared.
“Everything will be fixed up by the weekend, even if I have to go to Sydney and take the cheque personally to the CRL,” he said.
“The money was guaranteed by the sponsor and he's already spoken to (regional area manager) Scott Bone so that we can play.
“If something has gone wrong, it's because of them.”
Asked if the debt with Carney Sports was still current, Quinlan said it was all “a misunderstanding”.
“Warren from Carney Sports and I are old friends and go back to school days in Wauchope,” he revealed.
“When we picked up the gear he kept telling us to take more and more and said to pay only when we got around to it.
“Now, there's all this talk and I can't understand what the fuss is as money-wise, there's no problem.”
While Group 2 says the debt has not been settled, Quinlan insists the money has been paid to Carney Sports and he has a receipt to prove it.
But after further questioning, Quinlan revealed the receipt was for a payment deposited with Australia Post, not for money received and acknowledged as such by Carney Sports.
He is also unclear whether the payment was made by cheque or by cash transfer.
“Ever since we applied to enter the competition, all we've ever asked is to be treated the same as all the other clubs,” Quinlan said.
“But while lies are told, that will never happen.
“I guarantee this will be cleared up in a matter of days.”