Dean Keates admits it was always going to be difficult completing the National League season due to a lot of players in the division being out of contract at the end of April.

The campaign has been suspended until April 3 at the earliest because of the coronavirus outbreak but League chiefs have asked the Football Association to help “close the season as soon as possible” due to the pandemic.

The last round of fixtures were scheduled for April 25 but it appears that the National League will officially finish the campaign in its three divisions now “for the purposes of player contracts”.

Unlike Football League clubs who give contracts until the end of June, a lot of non-league outfits only offer players deals until the final game of the season and Wrexham boss Keates says that makes extending the campaign a huge hurdle to overcome.

“The biggest stumbling block is contracts,” said Keates.

“We have got a few on a 40-week contract which finish in April, a few that go beyond April into May and a couple into June.”

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