Players expected to stay with York

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York's players were meeting last night to decide whether to remain with the club while it tries to find someone to bail it out of its potentially fatal crisis.

York's players were meeting last night to decide whether to remain with the club while it tries to find someone to bail it out of its potentially fatal crisis.

The club's directors decided to close it down this week, but have now agreed to try until next Tuesday to find a new owner with around £100,000 to pay off its debts and steer it through the rest of this season.

The players met at their scheduled training session last night, with their full-back, Jamie Benn, predicting that they would support the club's efforts. "The players want to stay and play for York," he said. "The feeling is that we want to stay together for as long as possible. Hopefully, we might get a new buyer."

The club's chief executive, Ann Garvey, added: "There isn't much I can tell them. We have two or three people interested, but nothing definite."

The club's supporters are meeting on Sunday to set up a supporters' trust, which could play a role in helping it out of its plight. Swinton, another club with an uncertain future, already has a similar organisation working on its behalf.

Two of Super League's three unbeaten teams meet tonight, when Hull visit St Helens. In tonight's other match, Leeds are unchanged at Warrington.

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