Southport forward Marcus Carver is keeping his fingers crossed for an uninterrupted season for non-league.
In what was the one-time Accrington Stanley prospect’s debut year with the National League North club, the Port saw the league campaign declared null and void in February, having played just 14 of their fixtures.
The former Chorley man spoke about the frustration felt by him and so many players at similar levels of the domestic game in an extended interview with this site.
“You never knew what was going to happen. You were building up all week – especially when COVID hit during the beginning of the season, where we missed a couple of weeks – you’d be training, to find out you’ve got two weeks off because someone’s tested positive.
“It was always a frustrating thing, because as a footballer, you go to training to think ‘we’re building up for something at the weekend’. When the weekend comes and there’s nothing to come from it, it’s like a waste of time.
“For players in the team and players that I know, they’ve kind of lost a year of football, and when you’re coming to the end of your career, or you’re starting your career, it’s a year’s worth of experience or actual game time you’re losing.”