Luke James outlines his one aim at Hartlepool United

Luke James insists his only aim at the moment is to focus on getting fit following a serious groin injury.
Hartlepool United striker Luke James.Hartlepool United striker Luke James.
Hartlepool United striker Luke James.

James is one of several Hartlepool United players out of contract this summer, though all football has currently been suspended as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Pools players are working on their fitness at home until a decision is made on the outcome of the 2019-20 campaign.

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The season has been suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus outbreak and no games have been played since March 14 in the fifth tier.

The National League board has come up with a proposal - which they are recommending all clubs in the top three divisions (National League, National League North and National League South) approve.

That proposal is to cancel all fixtures up to and including April 25.

It was originally thought a decision could be made as early as this week but it has since emerged that clubs have until early next month to cast their vote, though the National League are understood to have urged clubs to return their votes as soon as they can.

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For James, out injured since December, he is just concentrating on his fitness so when the football does return he is in the best possible condition.

James said: “I’ve spoke to the manager a couple of times when I’ve been out of contract at other clubs.

“Before I got injured, I was really enjoying the style he plays, it’s all high intensity and work-rate and it suits my game down to the ground.

“The injury came at a bad time because I was starting to show a bit of form but it’s just one of those things, I’ve just got to focus on getting fit.

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“It makes it worse when the lads are doing well as well because you want to help them but it’s not to be but I’ve just got to focus and try and earn a contract for next season.”

If the National League vote is approved, then another vote will determine how the leagues are settled in the North and South divisions and then the National League, with promotion/relegation play-off games one option being considered.