DEPARTED Chelmsford City defender Ben Nunn says the club's financial problems 'couldn't have come at a worse time' for the players.
As revealed in the Chronicle two weeks ago the club failed to pay their wages on time in March just as the team was embarking on their all important run-in.
It coincided with a dreadful run of just two wins in eleven games and culminated in them missing out on the Blue Square Bet play-offs.
Right-back Nunn, who was released last week, is unsure of the affect that the cash flow problem had on the pitch but admits it had an uneasy affect on the dressing room.
"I don't think that sort of thing can ever come at a good time," the 22-year-old told the Chronicle.
"The timing of it was not good – it couldn't have been at a worse time really.
"It wasn't too much of a problem for me personally but I know for a fact that it was for some of the players that rely solely on their football money – it was quite hard for them.
"There aren't many clubs though that can safely say they'll pay on time every week whether that be in the Conference or League One or League Two.
"I think everyone at the club tried their best to help everyone out where they could and there was never any doubt that everyone would be paid.
"It was difficult and some people were in a different position to others.
"I think some people were OK and some weren't.
"It did have quite an affect but we should be mentally strong enough to know that when we cross that white line we're not thinking about the money."
Last week chairman Mansell Wallace described the financial problem as 'a storm in a tea cup' but after a backlash from fans he'll hold clear the air talks with them this Thursday at 7.30pm in the clubhouse. No doubt the Claret Army will be keen to know exactly where the £100,000-plus earned from the club's FA Cup run has gone and quite how they afforded to pay a transfer fee of around £7,500 for Jamie Slabber in the same month the players weren't paid.
Although Nunn is left searching for a new club he says he has no bitterness towards the Clarets and says he can even envisage a return to Melbourne Park one day. I didn't definitely think I was going to leave when I went for my meeting with (manager) Glenn (Pennyfather) and (assistant manager) Ben (Chenery) last week," he said.
"We came to a mutual agreement because I really need to be playing games at my age.
"I could see myself playing for City again I have really enjoyed working with the management."
A major problem for Nunn this season was the form of fellow right-back Justin Miller.
He admits to being surprised when Miller was added to the squad last season, particularly as he'd just been named Player of the Year.
"I wouldn't question Glenn's thinking but I knew when he came in it was going to be extremely difficult and a real fight for places," he said.
"It's a shame to leave. I felt really settled at the club and I've made some good friends and the fans have been great."