Bury's players, including former Carlisle United men Nicky Adams and Tom Miller, say they "may have to start looking at other clubs" due to financial problems at the club.

In a statement from the Shakers' players, they say they haven't been paid for 12 weeks despite the club having sealed promotion to League One for the 2019/20 season during that time.

"As players, we are disappointed to find ourselves in this position, having had such a great season," read the statement.

"We have gone from elation to complete and utter dismay.

"As it stands, it looks like, as players, we may have to start looking at other clubs which is something none of us want to do."

The statement continued: "Adding to this, we have now found out one of our contracts isn't valid, moving into the next season which needs addressing as a matter of urgency.

"Unfortunately, we are now in a position where we, as players, haven't been paid in 12 weeks from the club and with no intention of paying what is owed or future payments to us.

"The PFA [Professional Footballers' Association] stepped into help us with March's wages which we are very grateful for but, unfortunately, this is not a long-term solution.

"Right now, we should be spending some well earnt down time while we are out of season, instead we find ourselves having to consider the future.

"Everyone can see the togetherness of this squad which gives us a great start for next season. All we want is to come back to some stability and give the fans another great year."

The statement also said the players believe chairman Steve Dale understood Bury's financial issues when took over the club but ask him to "step aside" if "it's become too much" for him.

Winger Adams is currently Bury's captain, having re-joined the club last year from Carlisle while right-back Miller was released by the Cumbrians last May and signed for Bury that July.