PNG duo released by Robins
Papua New Guinea duo Enoch Maki and Francis Paniu will now not be joining the Robins with the club having agreed to release them from their contracts with immediate effect.
Maki and Paniu, both of whom represented the Kumuls in the recent World Cup, had agreed one-year deals at Craven Park, subject to receiving the necessary visa and work permit clearance.
However, despite the best efforts of all parties, that clearance hasn’t been obtained and both players have now been officially released from their contracts. The pair are expected to join up with the PNG Hunters in the Queensland Cup competition in Australia and Robins’ CEO Mike Smith says that they’ll do so with the club’s blessing.
“When we agreed the deals with Enoch and Francis it was always on the basis that they could get a visa and work permit,” he said.
“Unfortunately, despite a lot of hard work from everyone involved, that hasn’t happened and the decision has been taken to release them from their contracts. It is a shame as they were looking forward to trying their hand in this country, especially given the strong links we as a club have with Papua New Guinea. However, the situation couldn’t go on any longer as the season is nearly upon us and we do wish them every success with their future careers in the game.”
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