LOAN striker James Walshaw has revealed that he has not received any wages from Darlington since he arrived at Halifax Town.
And despite having bagged three goals for the Shaymen, the former Guiseley player admitted that it has been affecting his game.
In common with the majority of loan deals, Town pay a percentage of the player’s wages with his parent club expected to pay the rest.
The Quakers’ chairman Raj Singh said last month that players would either have to take a wage cut in order to stem losses in the region of £80,000 a week or move elsewhere.
And it appears the cash-strapped north east outfit have not kept their side of the bargain with Walshaw placing the dispute in the hands of players’ union the PFA.
“I think it has been playing on my mind,” he said. “You are worried at home and constantly on the phone to the PFA and I haven’t performed as well as I can.
“I have received a cheque from Halifax for their part of the bargain so I have got some money coming in which is a lift for me and a weight off my shoulders.
“I have been on the phone to Darlington and they are a bit cagey. They say the PFA are dealing with it and the chairman is talking to them.
“All I can do is leave it in the hands of the PFA now and concentrate on my football at Halifax Town.”
In contrast to Walshaw’s off-field worries, things are looking up on the pitch with Saturday’s win over rock bottom Blyth Spartans sending the Shaymen to the brink of the Blue Square Bet North play off places.
“It was a very good win,” he said. “We all know we haven’t performed well in the previous two or three games so it was nice to win convincingly.
“Blyth are where they are for a reason but you have to beat what is in front of you. All the lads put a shift in, we scored three goals and we are on the edge of the play offs. Christmas will be a big period for us with the Gainsborough games in particular.”
Walshaw added that the key to future Shay success - and that had been scarce going into the Blyth Spartans game - was to get at the visitors.
“If we can get the early goal at home teams will go under,” he said.
“We got an early-ish one at the weekend, got the second soon after and it was nice to go in at half time 2-0 up.”
Walshaw bagged the second of those when he fired home from close range after the Blyth keeper had only parried a James Dean shot.
“They are my favourite goals,” he said. “I saw James Dean lift his foot and as a striker you are always thinking about whether the ball will come back off the keeper or the post.
“You can follow up and get the tap in and it fell nicely for me.”
Blyth boss Steve Cuggy was less than impressed with the goals Town scored.
“The first shouldn’t have happened,” he said. “Jamie Rainford got between our two centre halves and powered his header home.
“For the second, Knight had the ball in his hands. He has a stud hole in his glove and stitch in his palm to show for it!
“There was a bit of confusion for the final goal but by that point in the match they were just pinging the ball around and we were chasing it.
“We did have a little flurry at the end but the best team won.”
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