Bray Wanderers players halted their planned strike action after receiving outstanding wages owed to them by the club but warned they will be forced to reconsider the action if they are not paid what's due to them next week. 

Last week Bray players, who were last paid before today on 25 May, confirmed they intended to pursue strike action as their wait continued.

On Wednesday, manager Martin Russell stepped down, referencing "constraints and unrealistic circumstances that have unfolded in recent times at Bray Wanderers FC".

Despite the turmoil, the Seagulls beat Sligo Rovers 2-1 in their last league outing, through they remain rooted to the foot of the table, six points off Limerick, who themselves voted in favour of industrial action following a ballot on Tuesday afternoon. 

They had always intended to fulfil the fixture against the Gypsies, but planned strike action for their home clash with Cork City on Friday week, 27 July.

"We are pleased to announce that we have finally been paid our wages for last month," read a statement released on behalf of the players.

"As a result, we have agreed to halt strike action for the time being. However, we have not been provided with any comfort or certainty about any future payments. Our next monthly payment is due next week and if it, or any subsequent payments for the duration of the season, are not honoured as they fall due, it will be necessary to reconsider our position.

"We simply cannot endure another period of uncertainty. In those circumstances, the last resort option of going on strike would be back on the table.

"We sincerely hope it doesn’t come to that. We would like to thank PFA Ireland for the leadership shown throughout this difficult period. We would also like to thank Denis Hynes of SIPTU and all the supporters of Bray Wanderers and to all of our fellow players throughout the league for their support and solidarity over the last number of weeks.

"We now look forward to returning to playing football and trying to keep our club Bray Wanderers in the Premier Division."

Earlier Bray had issued a statement confirming payment was imminent. 

"Bray Wanderers FC can confirm that outstanding monies owed to players will be processed today (Thursday, July 19) after working closely with the Football Association of Ireland," a statement released by the club read.

"The club wishes to apologise to the players for this extended period in finalising monies owed. While the club accepts full responsibility for contractual obligations not being met on time, we have worked hard, to resolve the matter.

The club would like to thank the FAI for their constant involvement in working to resolve what has been an unfortunate period for all involved. The club are getting closer to finding a solution to fulfil all players’ wages for the remainder of the 2018 SSE Airtricity League season."