Gainsborough Trinity winger Rod Orlando Young has spoken of the concerns for him and other players over the course of this season.
The former Buxton and Ilkeston Town man has impressed for Curtis Woodhouse’s team in the Northern Premier Division, but the ongoing, wider uncertainty has always been in the thoughts.
He said as part of an in-depth conversation with this site: “It’s been hard, I’ve got to be honest. With all these restrictions, you can’t just go and organise a session with seven or eight of you, so I’ve struggled in that sense.
“I’ve had to just go into full-time work now really. With full-time work, you finish at 5/6 o’clock, it gets dark, and there’s not much to actually do once you finish.
“There’s no gyms open. I do the basics, I go for my runs and I do my workouts, but it’s just not the same. It’s played a massive part in how we think and how we actually behave.
“We started the season off and everything was alright, then you’re being told ‘actually, next week might be off, because that team might have 11 COVID cases or whatever’, so it starts to play on your mind. For me personally, it got to a point where it was still a bit uncertain, and I was thinking ‘I don’t see the season actually going on, what am I gonna do?’
“The players, some of them have businesses, and they’re thinking ‘what am I going to do, because my business has been affected by COVID, and now football as well?’ Some are thinking ‘is this the last year I’m gonna play?’
“I have slipped into the mentality of ‘what if we don’t finish the season? What if I don’t get another club? What if this is it?’ All of that, so it’s not been great.”