MARK Bower will be a relieved man when Bradford (Park Avenue) can finally put this chaotic season behind them and plan towards a much merrier 2021-22 campaign.

With the resolution vote still rumbling on, those who have already cast their views and are unwilling to play on, due to their financial inabilities, have been left in limbo.

A frank Bower wants to look forward rather than going round in circles at this present time.

He said: “It is the most bizarre and frustrating time any of us have ever been through in the game.

“We are getting into late February now, we have had some bad weather, games that should have been played were called off anyway.

"To finish the season by the end of May (if teams do get playing again) looks virtually impossible.

“We feel sorry for the teams that are in a position to carry on and can fund that, but it is just impossible with the way it is.

“Whether there is an alternative for promotion and continuing the season for teams who want to carry on, there might be.

“Most managers at this level just want to draw a line under this season and start planning for the next one. A proper season with a normal start date and supporters back in grounds.”

The club, Bower, and his team of assistant Danny Boshell and player/coach Ryan Toulson held their usual post-new year maiden recruitment meeting for the next season this past week.

He added: “It looks like we will be staying in the league, so it allows you to plan with more certainty than it has done in the past.

“We felt we were building a little bit of momentum and some of the young players were improving and it would be nice to continue that.

"We had a good blend of experience and youth in the side.

“Our results could have been better, but we were producing good consistent performances over long periods of time. It is a shame that has been stopped in its tracks.”