PRESTATYN Sports joint-manager John Hargreaves said the club came to terms they were not going to be playing meaningful football this season long before the FAW’s announcement.

The NWCFA Tier 4 (East) Premier Division side are just one of many clubs across the country who have been without any competitive action since the 2019/20 campaign was curtailed by the governing body due to the coronavirus pandemic, which also resulted in the decision not to begin the current campaign as concerns remain about the risk of infection.

Hargreaves stated the club is working hard on plans for progression both on and off the pitch, which has seen them secure a permanent base within the town and leave their former home in Gronant.

He said: “The news that the league was cancelled came as no surprise to us really, everyone at the club had already come to terms that we won’t be playing any competitive football this season, “Recently over the winter months, the committee has taken some time out after the gruelling summer when moving from Gronant to our permanent home at The Meadows, which was very welcome to all.

“However, a couple of members have still been busy filling in grant applications and obtaining quotes for more work to be done at our ground, some have which have been successful, and the plan is now to move forward come March to add more drainage into the pitch and create some parking spaces and a general spring clean so that we are more than ready to go when the restrictions are lifted.”

Hargreaves added that discussions are ongoing with a couple of potential additions to an already talented squad, with the manager and other joint-boss Sion Williams also hopeful that current players will all remain ahead of friendly fixtures and a smooth transition to the 2020/21 season.

“Over the next few weeks the coaching staff will be putting together a plan of action, with preseason training at the forefront of the topic, once we are given the green light we will be back at it straight from the off,” he added.

“It has been a testing time for everyone lately, not just in sport but in day-to-day life. Sport offers a break from this and I’m sure all connected will be chomping to get back to it. I can’t wait to see the Sports lads pulling on the jersey soon and doing what they love most.”