LLANDUDNO manager Sean Eardley called on Sport Wales to deliver some form of clarity regarding their plans to get training back underway for JD Cymru North clubs.

With the proposed March 20 start date for the second tier inching ever closer, teams across the region are still waiting on news as to when they can start preparations once again after recent Tier 4 restrictions implemented by the Welsh Government saw training and friendly fixtures halted before Christmas.

Eardley is keen for plans to be announced at the earliest possible opportunity and highlighted just how difficult it will be to complete the 15-game campaign if there was yet another delay and change to original plans.

He said: “It was positive news that cases are falling but as far as clarity on a potential season start it wasn’t really clear at all, just that Sport Wales were considering some options, but what options?

“I think it would be difficult to complete even a shortened season.

“Yes we want football back in a safe environment, but to go Saturday/Wednesday/Saturday will stretch even the fittest of players at semi-pro level, you need some sort of 2/3 week preparation with some friendlies organised just to get up to speed.

“Another failed start and more false hope would be unbelievably frustrating and demoralising. There would be a lot of disillusioned players and disappointed managers/coaching staff and club officials who despite a pandemic have out a huge amount of work in behind the scenes to make their clubs Covid compliant.”

Keeping everybody motivated is one of the big challenges for every manager in the current climate, but Eardley added he was “fortunate” to have such a fantastic staff behind him and players who are remaining positive despite the unprecedented circumstances.

“When you’re in the groove and training is of a high standard it’s easy. However, the confusion of a possible start has had an impact on everyone, me included,” added Eardley.

“You feel you’re getting somewhere and bang, another lockdown and more restrictions.

“It’s been a big learning curve, and as I’ve said previously, I’m lucky to have the set of players I do as they’ve been incredibly patient and understanding during this whole episode, not forgetting my management team who have kept me sane at times.”