CONWY Borough manager Matthew Jones is confident his side will be ready to go once the season gets the green light to get underway.

The JD Cymru North side have made some impressive additions this summer in a bid to build on their sixth-placed finish last time around, but the recent lockdown measures forced the Tangerines’ to suspend their usual training sessions.

Jones was full of praise once again for the way his squad has responded to an unprecedented pre-season of disruption, leaving him hopeful regarding the team’s chances of hitting the ground running in the eventuality football below the JD Cymru Premier is permitted to resume.

He said: “The local lockdown has been frustrating for us all. The management team and players are very keen to get back to training as soon as we can.

“There is a real buzz around the club with all the developments over the summer and the players have taken really well to what we have been working on. As I’ve said from day one, the players have been absolutely top draw in their attitude and application. The hope now is that after the fire break lockdown we will be able to return to training.

“As a management team, we are in contact every day discussing ways we can improve and planning what will happen once we can get back out on the pitch.”

Jones, who took over from Chris Morrell following the end of the previous campaign, remains optimistic that the season can start in some format, although a normal fixture list appears highly unlikely at this juncture.

“It’s obviously now not going to be a full season but we are all really keen for the return of that feeling of competitive football,” he added.

“It’s odd because we’ve done so much preparation work and had an extended pre-season, to not have an outlet for that would be a shame. But we do fully understand that the integrity of the competition must be upheld, so it has to be safe to play and the safety of people must come first.

“It would be a real shame to have a full season that just didn’t happen, the worry would be the longer-term impact on football at this level.”