NICKY Adams has declared the 2020/21 his “strangest” in football because of the absence of supporters.

The turnstiles have remained closed for the entire campaign at Boundary Park, with December’s game at Cambridge United the only game they played with fans present.

The government’s tier system meant that 1,970 U’s fans were allowed to attend the game.

But the town of Oldham has been under strict coronavirus restrictions for the duration of the season.

And Adams said his 16th season in professional football has been one of highs and lows, with playing in front of empty stands a difficult experience, particularly having signed for a new club.

“Strangest season I have been involved in,” tweeted Adams, for whom Latics is his 11th club.

“League one football and then signing for @OfficialOAFC has been brilliant but no fans all year has been tough.

“It’s not the same. Atmosphere drama emotion. It’s what we love.

“Can’t wait to see you all back. We need you #oafc”.

Meanwhile, loanees Alfie McCalmont and Ian Lawlor have also experienced a season without Latics fans, and took to social media to thank the club for their experience.

Leeds United youngster McCalmont, who made 39 appearances in all competitions and scored 10 goals, tweeted: “My time @officialoafc has come to an end & I would just like to thank the coaching staff & players for everything this season.

“It’s a shame I didn’t get to play in front of you fans but I wish the club nothing but the best for the future! #oafc”.

Goalkeeper Lawlor had his season cut short by an ankle injury sustained in training, leading Latics to sign Laurie Walker on an emergency loan from MK Dons.

Lawlor, who returned to parent club Doncaster Rovers for treatment, tweeted: “Really enjoyed my time at @OfficialOAFC this season! Disappointed not to have played in front of the fans. I wish the club all the best for the future #OAFC”.

Meanwhile, Latics loanee Serhat Tasdemir has been made available for transfer by newly promoted Peterborough United.

Posh have released six players after celebrating promotion to the Championship as League One runners up, while four contracted players have been transfer listed, with Tasdemir among them.

The 20-year-old was signed on loan by Harry Kewell in February and after coming off the bench to make his debut in a 4-3 defeat at Forest Green he started the next game, playing the first 50 minutes in a 2-2 draw away to Tranmere.

But in seven appearances for Latics, the attacking midfielder was only on the winning side once - at home to Exeter soon after Keith Curle had replaced Kewell at the helm.

But that proved to be his last game for Oldham.

And with Peterborough preparing to play in the second tier next season, manager Darren Ferguson is shaking up his squad.

“Part of Serhat’s development was allowing him to go out on loan but it has been a disappointing loan for him and that played a part in my decision, " said Ferguson.