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The Rams have denied earlier reports of the club sitting out of next season's S.League due to financial concerns, and are targeting a top-eight finish.

By Khalis Rifhan

Fans from Woodlands Wellington FC held an open meeting with club officials on Thursday evening, following a local media report on the possibility of the club sitting out for the 2013 season due to financial reasons.

Representing the club during the two-hour long session were team manager Matthew Tay and the Rams' technical consultant Tee Tan.

Tay addressed the club's faithful supporters at Woodlands Stadium and not only did he quash the allegations while allaying their fears, he also laid out the club's plans for the upcoming campaign.

“It is an unfounded rumour [about Woodlands pulling out of the S.League]; rest assured that Woodlands Wellington will be participating in the 2013 S.League," he firmly said.

“We are also planning a pre-season tour and have made contact with Johor and Pahang FA. The trip will be in December and we are looking to invite the fans to join us.

“The new management took over two seasons ago and although results have not been to our favour, we are making a clean start to move up. We are financially safe and all the players, coaches and staff are paid on time.”

Tay added that the management's main objective is to stabilize the club, and that steps are being taken to improve the club's standing for the coming season.

“Next year is our third year [for the current management] and we have retained players whom we feel could contribute to the team," he explained.

“Efforts are [being] put in to secure better players and we are targeting a top eight finish for next year.

“We are signing five foreign players instead of the minimum four and there will be more attacking players as we look to make the team more interesting.”

Tay also confirmed that current head coach Salim Moin and his assistant Clement will continue in their respective roles for the new season.