For Barrow AFC captain Josh Granite, the season being suspended by the coronavirus pandemic is the latest delay in a season full of them, but he knows there is a bigger picture than his own frustrations.

Granite had only recently got himself back up to fitness after recovering from a troublesome knee injury sustained in an FA Trophy tie against Atherton Collieries in January.

That in itself was his first appearance in over two months since he dislocated a shoulder and broke a collarbone after a heavy landing in the home win against Sutton United, which he finished with one good arm in spite of those injuries.

As things stand, the 27-year-old has no idea when his, or Barrow’s, next game will be, meaning everyone connected with the club will have to wait if they are to make sure this season’s promotion push is ultimately a successful one.

Granite said: “Looking at it selfishly, it’s a difficult time just getting back to fitness because I need to be training, but it’s not a time to be selfish.

“This is a time to follow guidelines, make sure it doesn’t spread any more than it has to and if that means us not playing football and not being in front of thousands of fans at a stadium then so be it.

“Everyone’s time will come again and, as frustrating as it is, it’s a time for everything but football at the minute.”

At the time of writing, the National League were yet to announce whether they would be following the Premier League and EFL’s lead of extending the suspension of the campaign until April 30 from their original date of April 3.

The news that the Football Association are prepared to extend the 2019/20 season should at least allay any fears that it would be declared void, which would have rendered the Bluebirds’ superb efforts since the autumn meaningless in one fell swoop.

On what ultimately happens next, Granite said: “It’s hard because every team is going to have an argument for their case.

“I just feel like the season has to be finished at some point for all them arguments and problems to go away and for it to not have to be sorted out by the governing bodies, or the powers that be.

“The season has to be finished, whether that’s playing three games a week or whether next season has to move to allocate time for this season.

“I’m not sure, but whichever route they go down I just hope that it works out for us because we’re nine games away from creating history in our town. Promotion would be a massive thing.

“Hopefully it affects us positively and we don’t get any problems for the future and that, even if the season does have to be finished, it’s a fair reflection.

“I just hope that the powers that be come to a good decision that allows Barrow to still get promoted into the Football League, which is what we feel like we are on the brink of doing.”