RailHawks Starting from Scratch on Player Contracts; Actively Signing Players
In a phone conversation on Friday, Curt Johnson, president of the Carolina RailHawks, clarified that the new organization running the team is starting from scratch with player contracts. The contracts from the old organization, Triangle Professional Sports, L.L.C, were voided with the dissolution of that corporation. Johnson said his organization has been and are continuing to move forward with signings. He stated that even though he didn’t know the exact numbers, there were only a few players that were still under contract with the old organization.
Johnson was asked if some former players whom they are signing have had concerns over the future of the NASL. He explained that his new organization was a in a unique situation. “Not only were players curious about the future of the league but they also wondered about the future of the RailHawks,” said Johnson. He explained that he and coach Martin Rennie have needed to “talk them through the issues” and answer questions before signing. He said his organization is actively signing players.
Johnson was also asked if any contingency language was in the contracts that would void them if the league did not get sanctioning or approval at the D2 level. He stated there was no contingency language that he was aware of that would be different than standard contracts usually presented to players.
The Carolina RailHawks president also took a moment to express how pleased he was to keep the RailHawks name. “Right from the beginning with this new group and our staff, getting that name was really a priority for us. The Wellmans invested millions of dollars in that name not to mention the efforts of players and staff. The brand “RailHawks” is something that is viewed very positively in the Triangle area. We’re very happy to retain the name.”