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St Mirren captain John Potter says bonus row is over

John Potter
Potter insists the St Mirren players have put their bonus row behind them

By John Barnes

St Mirren captain John Potter says the players' dispute over bonus payments is behind them and they are focused on the Co-operative Insurance Cup final.

The players earned £600 less for the semi-final win over Hearts than the win against Motherwell in the quarters.

The board's decision to reduce the payment infuriated the players, but Potter is now focused on the final.

"We're going to be as professional as we can and that's to try to win a national competition," said Potter.

The Buddies players received £1,000 per man for beating Hearts to reach the final against Rangers on Sunday, prompting the players to lock the dressing room door after the semi-final win to prevent the directors joining their celebrations.

Directors had to wait in the corridor outside and were only given the opportunity to offer their congratulations once the players decided it was time to leave Fir Park.

The St Mirren players requested an official meeting to discuss their grievance.

Potter added: "Negotiations happen, it's done and dusted now.

"We're here to play football, that's our job at the football club and all we can do is try to win that cup."

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Smith praise for battling Rangers
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St Mirren dispute over cup bonus
07 Feb 10 |  St Mirren

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