COLWYN Bay manager Craig Hogg is not getting carried away despite the JD Cymru North’s return possibly moving a step closed.

After Newsquest North Wales Sport broke the news of the Football Association of Wales applying for Tier 2 to receive ‘elite athlete’ status following new instructions coming from Sport Wales, the Seagulls’ boss is keen to keep everyone’s feet on the ground given the amount of work needed in the coming weeks to get the campaign underway.

Although Hogg welcomed the news as a “welcome boost”, he was keen to stress there is still a long way to go before his side return to the pitch in a competitive setting.

He said: “It’s some much needed positive news, but I feel it’s important that we don’t get to carried away for the time being.

“We know there is a long way to go before anything could potentially happen for the game at Tier 2, with a number of key decisions needed to be made in our favour by a number of bodies.

“But after little to no hope of anything happening at all in recent months, the news that broke this week is most definitely welcome and it looks like the ball is now starting to roll, at least for teams in the second tier.”

Hogg also praised the governing bodies involved for working together in pursuit of their common goal, with the matter of promotion and relegation from the second tier another potential impactful measure if the season can be played in full.

“The 30-person rule has been very restrictive and that’s been clear to everyone below the Cymru Premier since day one,” added Hogg.

“It is however now very encouraging to know that all the governing bodies are working with each other with a view to getting some of the other leagues started.

“If we do get a positive outcome, then I’m sure there will be further questions down the line around promotion and relegation and fans being able to watch.

“Those risk, reward questions are clearly very important, but they are for another day. We will sit tight in the meantime and eagerly wait to see what happens.”