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MyFootballClub members to vote on cash incentive for Ebbsfleet United players

Duncan Holt
Duncan Holt

Members of MyFC must decide whether to offer Ebbsfleet players cash incentives to avoid relegation from the Blue Square Premier.

The novel suggestion of a ‘pledge-style incentive scheme’ was discussed at a meeting of the Ebbsfleet United board last week and will now be put to members of MyFC to vote upon.

Club chairman Duncan Holt (pictured) said: "It is meant as an individual incentive for each player, we’ll have to see what the members think of it."

There are concerns that the move could be unworkable due to players’ contracts and bonuses being established at the start of the season.

Manager Liam Daish would not be drawn about the idea but said his players’ application thus far in a difficult season was not in question.

He said: "We have worked hard and have just lacked the finishing touch at the end. Effort-wise, I can’t fault the players, we have maybe just lacked a bit of quality."

Daish hopes to add quality to the squad when the transfer window reopens on January 1 and has an £8,500 kitty to pay for the loan of a striker until the end of the season.

The Fleet boss suffered disappointment in trying to attract a striker to club, despite having a list of 25 targets, before the last window closed.

He said: "We have done a lot of looking around to find out who is likely to be available in January.

"There are still some on the list from last time, some have been scratched off and there are some new names on there."

Ebbsfleet's postponed game against Histon on Saturday gave their injured players more time to recover before Boxing Day’s (3pm) clash with Grays and Monday’s trip to Hayes & Yeading (3pm).

Daish said: "It was disappointing not to have a game but you just have to get on with it.

"It has given us a few more days to rest some knocks and bruises. Alex Stavrinou’s ankle has had a rest so we will hopefully be at full strength."

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