Norwich City's Ben Godfrey: 'I'm trying to make sure this time off doesn't go to waste'

Norwich City defender Ben Godfrey on Premier League dutyCredit: PA

Norwich City defender Ben Godfrey feels that professional football's current suspension because of Covid-19 is similar to a post season holiday.

But the England Under 21 International is determined not to let the time during the current break go to waste, as he waits for the Premier League to return.

So far it's been a combination of staying fit, resting, and keeping himself entertained - games of the football simulation FIFA 20 with Norwich teammates just an example.

And while uncertainty reigns on when Norwich can resume their season Godfrey's making sure he'll be ready.

"That's what us as players are focussed on now. Recharging, staying fit, try and improve ourselves if we can. "I spend time looking at old clips from previous weeks and just trying to learn and just trying to make sure that this time off doesn't go to waste." > >

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Godfrey admits time away from the usual day-to-day at their training base at Colney near Norwich is proving difficult to handle, despite the positives of staying at home.

"It's not easy. but you've just got to remind yourself that it's not forever. "The late nights can be a one-off thing but you've got to keep your body and your mind into that training regime, otherwise you'll struggle when you get back into it.

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The Canaries have already shown their support to those in the Norfolk community impacted by Covid-19, collectively donating £200,000.

But criticism has come the club's way after deciding to furlough non-playing staff under the government's Coronavirus Job Retention scheme.

And while the debate rumbles on in the media over whether Premier League players should take a pay cut, Godfrey feels he and his teammates are in a difficult position while talks are going on.

"The discussion which go on in the media.... we can't do anything about it. " "It's not up to us, we've just got to see how it pans out. "I don't think players really decide things on behalf of clubs. So yes you've just got to see and wait and see what happens with things like that really." >

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Norwich City manager Daniel Farke celebrates after the FA Cup fifth round match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London. Credit: PA

It's a month since Norwich booked their first quarter final in the Emirates FA Cup since 1992, beating Tottenham on penalties after their 5th Round tie finished 1-1 after extra time.

While a return to professional football seems a long way away from now, Ben Godfrey's hoping the time disappears quickly once they know it's safe to resume playing again.

"For football to just stop, fall off a cliff and disappear for a while is bizzare. "The same goes for the fans and I'm sure they're really missing watching on a weekend. But it's just one of those things. "It's the same for everyone and we have to adapt and the sooner this is all over the sooner we can get back to enjoying our football on a weekend."

Ben Godfrey, Norwich City

Ben Godfrey on dealing with football's lockdown during the Coronavirus pandemic, speaking with ITV News Anglia via Zoom