Tuesday 23rd June 2020

SONS boss Jim Duffy and chairman John Steele are hopeful that some much sought-after clarity about a restart for the game will be forthcoming within the next few weeks.

SPFL League One clubs, including Dumbarton, are engaged in talks about when a new season might get going again.

Much obviously depends upon the decisions of the Scottish Government, informed by expert medical and scientific opinion, and consultation on behalf of the football authorities.

Chairman John Steele commented: “We fully understand that those around the Club, not least supporters, are keen to hear about our plans for a new season.

“Similarly, having extended players’ contracts to the end of the month, we want to be in a position to take decisions and give them clarity as soon as we can, too.

“Through our first-rate manager, we are giving all the assurance we can, and thinking about the kind of squad that can take us where we want to be once a new season begins.

“However, the situation we are in is still an uncertain one, and we will not be making promises until we know we can keep them.

“In the meantime, we are hopeful of decisions from the wider football world in the near future, and we are doing everything we can to prepare for what lies ahead.

“There is a huge amount of work going on behind the scenes, and I am as grateful as ever to all involved for the hard work they are putting in.”

Manager Jim Duffy added: “What we really need to be able to move forward and make decisions is clarity about a start date, and about the shape and form of a new season under the conditions we face with this pandemic.

“It may well be in the next four to six weeks we can start to make tentative offers to players. That’s what we’re hopeful for. But having a schedule would definitely help.”

Simon Barrow

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