Nantwich Town chairman Jon Gold has said that the club are holding off on signing new players as it would be ‘foolhardy’ while there is still no clarity on when play will resume.

The Dabbers enjoyed a strong campaign in the Northern Premier Division this season and were a point outside the play-offs with at least a game in hand on every side above them at the time of the shutdown.

Gold has assured supporters in his latest update that ‘the majority’ of the existing squad have committed to the club for next season, though he also explained:

“I understand that like all of us, who are foremost supporters, we want to know what the team will be and who has signed etc., but due to the current crisis, this is impossible to do, and in my opinion, it would also be foolhardy, especially given we appear to be nowhere near having a fixed start date for the new season.

“Whilst I acknowledge that there are teams out there that appear to be signing players on long contracts for large amounts of money, which is their prerogative, in our opinion, this is potential financial suicide and not acting prudently and in the best interests of the long-term stability and future of the football club, especially if those same clubs then go on to produce Just Giving buckets to avert a financial crisis further down the road.

“Whilst we will certainly need all of your help, support and fundraising efforts once we are through all of this, you can be assured that when it happens, it will be for the overall long-term sustainability of the football club and not because we have made unwise commitments with funds that we simply don’t have at this present time.”

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