Blue Square Bet
Published 30th June 2012
....for the new season at the start of next week, after confirmation that the troubled club's players have been paid back wages owed to them.
City's boss was due to host a players' meeting at Treyew Road last night to discuss next season, and to find out who intends to stay faithful and who will be moving on.
From last season's squad, who finished fourteenth in their first season in the Conference South, only right-back Barry McConnell has definitely departed, after not being offered a new contract at the end of last term. It is understood a number of players have verbally agreed to stay put and, now that their wages have finally been paid, it is expected they will put pen to paper.
However, there could be some departures, with several players attracting attention from other clubs. Newly promoted Woking are thought to have expressed an interest in striker Andy Watkins. Fellow forward Stewart Yetton has already indicated via Twitter that he intends to stay with Truro, however.
City's boss is hoping that the bulk of the squad will remain at Treyew Road, and there are also certain to be additions as Hodges attempts to consolidate his side just two rungs below the Football League.
The Conference South season will kick off on August 18th. City's fans will not have long to wait to plan their campaign, as the fixtures are released on Monday.
Hodges is trying to plan for the future against a background of continuing uncertainty about the future of the Cornish club, following this week's developments in London's High Court.
As reported in the Western Morning News last Tuesday, Truro were hit with a claim for £645,000 in court in the capital on Monday, when a demand for £51,000 tax owed to the Inland Revenue was deemed to have been settled.
Truro-based lawyer Chris Lingard, a former business ally of Truro City chairman Kevin Heaney, is understood to be the instigator of the claim for £645,000 from the club.
Lingard, of legal firm Follett Stock, is a director of Tiger Commercial (Truro) Ltd, which alleges it is owed £645,000 by City. Heaney has said he disputes the claim.
The claim is believed to stem from an agreement made in June 2009 which allowed Tiger Commercial to use Truro City's brand and stadium at Treyew Road to generate income for the football club.
City will be back in court on July 23rd for the resumption of the winding-up petition which was adjourned on Monday.