Football: Lewis: It's Been a Horrendous Week
Byline: Andrea Morgan
BRIDGEND director of rugby Allan Lewis yesterday revealed the misery that has seized the club since players were awarded regional contracts earlier this week.
Lewis described the dark cloud that has hung over the title-chasers ahead of tonight's Welsh Premiership game, ironically against prospective regional partners Pontypridd.
``This has been quite a horrendous week,'' Lewis said on the eve of the trip to Sardis Road.
``It has been very difficult trying to tell players that they haven't got a contract for next season and then asking them to go out there and put their bodies on the line at Pontypridd.''
League leaders Bridgend have not offered regional deals to Craig Warlow, Sililo Martens, Simon Mannix, Gareth Cull, Phil Booth, John Thiel, Paul Jones, Richard Mustoe, Shawn van Rensburg, Mike Powell and Craig Richards as the fight for places in the new regional entities hots up. Cull, Jones, Warlow and Booth will all line up at Sardis Road.
Lewis said there were no celebrations this week among the players who have been given new deals to figure in the Bridgend-Pontypridd set-up next season, adding they sympathise with their team-mates coming to terms with the fact they are no longer needed.
He said, ``It's difficult for Pontypridd players as well. They are in exactly the same situation there which is why I think this whole business has been so much harder for the two of us. …