THE National League's decision to end the season prematurely has been praised by Hereford FC chairman Andrew Graham and means the club can now put the "difficult" campaign behind them.

Clubs from the National League's three divisions had been asked to vote on whether the remaining games of teh 2019-20 season should be played, after football was suspended in March due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Graham welcomed the decision yesterday (Wednesday) to close the regular season down with immediate effect

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"This news is very welcome, in so much as it enables us to move to another phase," he said.

"As a board we have met many times since the season was suspended and have acted to ensure that the club is protected as much as possible financially and from a compliance position.’

"Club secretary Martin Watson continues to manage day to day operations, until there is a need to scale operations up once we have clarity on when next season is likely to begin."

The league’s board announced the decision before all clubs had voted on whether or not to end the season early, but said their preference would "not change the outcome".

Graham added: "We have already considered what next season may or may not look like.

"Now, with the only certainty being that last season is behind us, we will concentrate on what Hereford FC looks like, in preparation for as and when football resumes.

"All at Hereford FC thank our loyal and committed supporters, sponsors, partners, volunteers and employees who have endured a difficult season, concluding with even more challenges, to HUST (Hereford United Supporters Trust) for continuing to raise funds for share purchases, and the Radio Hereford team and other volunteer initiatives which keep fans connected during this period.

"Thank you for your continued support. We will share further information following scheduled planning meetings and as we become clearer on the future of football at our level.

"Until such time, please stay safe, take care of one another and keep the faith. We will be back."