Skipper Luke Graham says that the club us now getting the results needed to stay in the division

First published in Sport

EACH week a figure connected with Hereford United will give his or her view on the situation at Edgar Street. This week, it's skipper and player-coach Luke Graham.

IT'S fair to say, there's not been a positive bit of news off the field, since I've been here.

I've been waiting for one, a glimmer of hope or a statement of intent. It hasn't come.

Although on the field it hasn't been what Hereford fans have come to expect over recent years, given the circumstances over my time here, there have been a few moments that have shown you we won't give up on it.

It might not be pretty, yet we are getting the results we need to stay in this league. That is the most important thing for the club right now, to stay in this league. Until the finances improve, I think that is where the club is at now.

I believe this will be one of those periods the fans will reflect on in years to come.

There have been a few times when the club has come close to going under, from what I've been told.

Yet the financial gap between the top clubs in England to the smaller clubs is a lot bigger now than it was years ago. Stockport, Darlington and Kettering, to name but a few, are testament to that recently.

In those cases, the playing side of it fell apart and the playing budget was mishandled by managers.

That is where Hereford won't have any trouble.

No big wages, no 12-month contracts and less than four months left to pay the players.

The club can get on an even keel if they can get through to the summer, and I'm sure that will be the case.

That is where I know that they have had, in Martin Foyle and Andy Porter, the right people in charge at the right time.

The squad has started to gel and results have improved.

We need to keep getting the points on the board as quickly as we can. Then that will give a chance to look at the exciting youth players coming through.

They are the future of the club.

They have been brilliant to get so far in the FA Youth Cup yet the last thing you want is to put young players in high pressure matches to stave off relegation. It can be damaging.

We already have enough young inexperienced players as it is.

Those young players have done very well in difficult circumstances, similar to last season, which shows the work that goes into coaching them by the staff.

The likes of Danny Leadbitter, Dominic Collins, Daniel Lloyd Weston and Rod McDonald have got good futures ahead of them. They need to be secured as soon as possible.

The club lost Harry Pell, Ryan Bowman, Marley Watkins and Sam Clucas last year, so hopefully lessons will have be learnt.

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