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Wednesday, 01 July 2015

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Bobbie Goulding throws doubt on his Barrow Raiders future

BOBBIE Goulding has cast doubt over his future at Craven Park.

ANOTHER DEFEAT Raiders player/coach Bobbie Goulding

The board had hoped the Barrow Raiders player/coach would pen a deal next week to continue his stay at Craven Park.

The announcement was expected to be made at next Thursday’s AGM.

But as Raiders prepared for tomorrow’s Championship visit to Featherstone Rovers (3pm kick-off), Goulding – while saying he was happy with his contract offer – was mulling over ‘little things’ he felt still had to be resolved before an agreement could be reached.

He said those issues could be sorted out by next week as he waited to have further talks with Raiders chairman David Sharpe.

Goulding – who signed a deal until the end of the season when he arrived in March – would not reveal what he felt needed to be ironed out.

Instead, he said regarding the possibility of signing a contract next week: “At this minute, I don’t think it will happen, to be honest. Things have to change at the club and that’s all I am saying.

“I am not having second thoughts, things have got to change – I will keep that in camp.”

When asked if he would be happy stay if the problems were resolved, he cryptically said: “Yes I will. It is not about putting your chimney on top of your house, it is about building the foundations.

“They have got to be strong. If they are not you put your chimney on the top and it all falls down. You need strong foundations in the club.”

Those words echoed a previous statement he made on Twitter, which was not elaborated on.

Talking to the Evening Mail, Goulding added: “Contract talks are ongoing. Me and Dave are talking. I am going to tell him what I am thinking, what I’m feeling.

“I am happy at Barrow, love the place, love the people, love the fans – they have been brilliant – but it’s just the little things.

“If they are not right, then you will never get the big prize. I am a stickler for little things.

“It’s nothing at all to do with the contract and nothing to do with the way Dave has got the club, it is just the little things.”

He said yesterday: “I had my little rant on Twitter last night and I said I am sorry to the boys for things not happening.”

His tweet to his followers said: “So sorry my boys tonight @BarrowRaiders things like that shouldn't happen. It wouldn't happen at SL (Super League) club so it won’t be happening to my boys.”

Again, Goulding did not elaborate on what he had meant by the Tweet, but he added: “This could be all sorted out, but things like this shouldn’t happen.

“It is something so simple but massive in what I am trying to achieve.

“This is not about the contract, it’s not about the length of contract it’s not about money, it’s things inside the club that have got to change.

“It makes all the difference for a professional player, a professional coach for the professional outfit.

“It is something which people will say ‘oh it’s nothing that’, but it’s massive to me and it’s massive to my players. It affects a lot of people.”

Asked what the issues were, Goulding added: “I’m not telling anybody but people know within the organisation.

“It’s little things around the club that need ironing out. They are only little things but they are massive things with what I’m going to do and with what I want to achieve.”

In generally commenting on contract talks with Goulding, Sharpe – who was not available for comment when contacted by the Evening Mail yesterday – said this week: “It is now about sitting down for an hour, I know that sounds simple, but you have just got to arrange for the right time.

“We will be doing that to finalise everything really.

“Once it is we will confirm it to everybody and what we are looking at is probably announcing it at the AGM next week. That’s what we would like to do then we can move everything forward from there.”

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