FALMOUTH Town manager Andrew Westgarth says he is in no rush to get his squad back to training despite the recent easing of lockdown restrictions.

As of June 1, people in England are now allowed to exercise in small groups of six, provided social distancing is maintained.

This has opened the door for sports teams to resume group training, with Town’s South West Peninsula League rivals Helston Athletic and Wendron United among those clubs choosing to begin small grouped training.

But Westgarth has opted against taking the same action for the time being, at least until a realistic time for the start of the 2020/21 season is known.

That may come later this month, with leagues from steps five and six of the English non-league pyramid due to meet in a conference call next Friday to discuss scenarios for the 2020/21 campaign.

“I’m still a bit reluctant, really,” Westgarth said. “What I’m apprehensive about is I don’t want a three-month pre-season, as you can start way too early and then you’re like, ‘Gosh, we’re nowhere near the start’.

"I’d like to time it right so we come back and we can build up slowly and in proportion, and then once the season does start we’re at a good level.

“I just don’t want to peak too early and get false hope about coming back to training and then, touch wood nothing happens, but if something was to happen you’ve got to stop again and then start again.

“I just don’t think that’s any good so I’m sort of hanging fire for the minute just to make sure that once we do get the go-ahead that we’re all ready to go.”

He added: “We wouldn’t even have come back this early if the season was going to start when it’s going start, so I’m in no rush at the minute.”

While a return to training is not in Westgarth’s immediate thoughts, he added that his squad – which was recently bolstered by new signings Kirk Davies and Jack Bowyer – have been able to stay in touch thanks to social media.

“Everybody’s still chatting and staying connected but again there’s only so much you can do,” said Westgarth, “so I think it’s just a case of keeping tight and just carrying on the way we’re going at the minute.”