Leyton Orient CEO Danny Macklin says "rule books have to go out of the window" in regard to player's contracts once the football season resumes.

Among the many problems to solve regarding the restarting of the football campaign is whether players will be eligible to play beyond their current contracts or loan deals to complete the season as they would if it had not been suspended.

Orient have used the loan market in both windows this season, bringing in George Marsh last summer and signing both Ousseynou Cisse and Kazaiah Sterling in January.

As well, both Dale Gorman and James Alabi left the club temporarily in the winter window.

Speaking on the Price of Football podcast, Macklin said: "I think the reality of it is whenever we do start to play, and hopefully it is when and not if, rule books have to go out of the window. "We're going to have to look at how those contracts will work if it is to go into July and, God forbid, further into the calendar year.

"We're going to have to think creatively, the authorities are going to have to think creatively and the priority is that, in a safe environment, we get this season finished without a huge impact on next season."

Finishing the season is clearly a priority for Macklin and the club will be keen to get is started again as soon as possible after the CEO suggested how much the club were losing.

He said: "It's a reasonable five-figure sum that we lose per game and it's not just our direct income from ticketing, it's the potential of season ticket monies having to be given back, shops, bars and programmes."