Find out about King's Lynn Town's new England C international defender
Despite the enforced break from fixtures, King's Lynn Town have been proactive in preparing for life after the coronavirus.
The club announced yesterday that they had signed defender Alex Brown from Buxton FC for an undisclosed fee.
A 21-year-old England C team international, Brown began his career in the junior ranks at Sheffield United before spells at Hallam FC (who play at the oldest football ground in the world) and Sheffield FC (the oldest existing club in the world).
He has agreed a two year deal at The Walks, and the club said he is readily available to start playing as soon as it is possible to do so.
Speaking to the club's official website, the defender said: "I have been watching events from afar for a few months now and it looks to be exciting times for the football club.
"I know Ross Barrows and he tell's me that it's a great group of players to be amongst.
"I played for Buxton in the two FA Trophy ties against Lynn a couple of seasons back and was very impressed with the set up and stadium."
Once a winger, Brown converted to full-back at the age of 15, and said he likes to get forward as much as possible in addition to his defensive duties. He says that is the "modern way" to play in his position.
He made an England C appearance in June 2019 in Estonia and has also played for an England representative side in two matches in the Falkland Islands.
Those representing England C are typically 23-years-old or under, and are not contracted to a team above the National League.
It has been labelled the "England Semi-Pros" team in the past after being founded in 1979.
Speaking on his experience with England C Brown continued: "It was a memorable experience playing in surroundings that you don't see every day and being so far away from home.
"I spoke with some of the locals who told me if you order a parcel there [Estonia] you have to wait eight weeks for it to arrive which seemed unreal.
"I cannot wait to get started at the football club and to test myself at an excellent level of football."
Speaking on social media about his move, Brown said: "Delighted to sign for King's Lynn Town FC, a club that’s going in the right direction very quickly.
"Thanks to Twelve Football Consulting and everyone involved in the deal for getting it done in such a short timeframe.
"Hopefully see all at King's Lynn soon ready for that promotion push."
Chairman Stephen Cleeve said: "Alex is a player that the manager has been looking at for a long time and when it became clear that there could be an opportunity to agree something now and sign Alex for two seasons, it seemed a prudent step to take.
"There were lots of National League clubs looking at Alex and sometimes even though it is not ideal timing from anyone's perspective at the moment we think with the benefit of hindsight this will be seen as the right action in time."