Whitby Town joint-manager Nathan Haslam pleased to get NPL season clarity

Nathan Haslam revealed that he is pleased that a decision has finally been made on the future of the PitchingIn Northern Premier League season, after weeks of waiting with no clarification.

Thursday, 25th February 2021, 10:59 am
Whitby Town joint-managers Lee Bullock, left, and Nathan Haslam

The season has now been curtailed, subject to approval from the FA Council, which means that clubs including the Seasiders can now plan ahead for a return to action in the summer.

Despite the Blues being in a strong position in the table when they played their last game in November, Town joint-boss Haslam is relieved that he and his players can no begin to build towards a new campaign.

"We've got complete clarification now," Haslam said. "I think it was inevitable and it was the news everyone was expecting.

"It's just good to get that from the authorities, albeit subject to FA approval, but that will be a formality so it's good for everyone and we can start looking forward now and planning ahead.

"Me and Bully (Lee Bullock) have spoken at length as it's been a long time since the lads have been with each other, so it's been challenging from a mental point of view for most.

"When it is safe to do so the plan is to meet up a couple of times as a group just to interact with each other again and we can start to set the standards moving forwards into pre-season."

Whitby were having a positive campaign and sat seventh in the table with 14 points after nine games, and they also had a 100% home record to boast.

Haslam, though, now wants to switch focus to the future and is hopeful of building on the positives going into the 2021/22 season which is due to start later this year.

He added: "It's paramount that the players can be back involved sooner rather than later and looking at the roadmap it should only be a couple more months to wait.

"Whenever that time comes, we won't be waiting around and we will be looking to get the group together and have a fun, social session more than anything.

"We'll be there to bounce off each other and we think it's important to meet up again rather than waiting a long period of time until pre-season we're we'd potentially be going eight or nine months without seeing each other. It's important we do that for a lot of reasons."