HARRIS FC have vowed to fight for the future of their club after admitting concerns they may be unable to field a team in the Lewis and Harris football league next season.
A shortage of players means the club are teetering on the brink and the possibility of having to pull out of the league is becoming all too real.
Now an emergency meeting has been arranged to decide on the club’s 2013 fate on January 5th in the Harris Hotel.
The Lewis and Harris Football Association have allowed Harris, who were formed in 1925, extra time to pull together by delaying the draw for three cup competitions until January when it will be known if Harris will be competing in 2013.
Harris FC secretary Andy Morrison admits it is a difficult time for the club but he remains hopeful they can step back from the brink and continue competing in the domestic senior league.
“We are simply too short on player numbers,” bemoaned Morrison.
“Some guys who played last season are unable to commit this year because they are working away, others have retired and we lost both our goalkeeper and captain to serious injury.
“At the moment we are scraping around trying to get a team together but it’s very difficult.
“We have delayed the decision whether to enter a team in the senior league until January as we are having an emergency meeting on January 5th by which time we will ideally have some players signed up.
“By then a decision will have to be made one way or another.
“At the recent Lewis and Harris AGM the other clubs in the league all agreed to delay the cup draws for us which was a tremendous gesture and one we are very grateful for as every team wants as many others in the league as possible.
“We didn’t have the best of seasons last year and finished 10-points adrift at the bottom so maybe that will make it difficult to attract new players too but we’d urge any interested players to get in touch with the club or come along to pre-season training when it starts in January.
“We are all desperate to see Harris continue in the senior league next season and we’ll be having plenty discussions ahead of the EGM.”