Albion are giving hard-hit fans a chance to put season ticket payments on hold.

They hope the move, which will hit their cashflow by £3 million, will ease financial pressure for supporters as coronavirus shuts down not only football but also parts of the economy.

They have also explained what will happen with season tickets if the current campaign is not completed.

Albion have reported 92% of fans have opted to renew, despite doubt over which division the club will be in next term.

Directors approved the payment holiday today.

It means season tickets for 2020-21 being paid for in nine instalments rather than 12 by those who opt for direct debit.

The first, or April, payment will be taken as normal and then comes the option of a three-month break before settling the balance over eight months rather than 11.

Four of the remaining five home games have already been postponed due to Covid-19 and it remains unclear when action will resume.

Albion are urging fans NOT to contact them – but wait to be emailed by the club with full details.

A club statement read: “We are grateful for the commitment and support shown by our supporters. More than 92% of season-ticket holders have renewed their season tickets for the 2020-21 season.

“Now we would like to do what we can to help you.

“We appreciate the uncertainty of the current situation for many people and we are pleased to offer supporters the opportunity of a three-month payment holiday to try and help alleviate some of the worries our season-ticket holders and 1901 Club members might have at the moment.”

After the April payment is taken, all renewing season-ticket holders and 1901 Club members will have the option of a three-month holiday from their monthly direct debits, covering May, June and July.

Albion ask supporters to do all they can to meet their April payment.

Season tickets for this campaign have already been paid in full by those on direct debit.

An adult season ticket holder in the North Stand who takes up the option of a payment holiday would then pay £62.45 per month from August until next March.

If it is confirmed before August that fans will not see the remainder of the 2019-20 matches at the Amex, a pro-rata refund off the monthly payments will be calculated for 2020-21.

That would work out at £140.79 for a North Stand season ticket holder – and therefore monthly payments of £44.84 next season.

The three-month break for 1901 Club members, whose direct debits are structured differently, covers the last three payments for this season.

If the campaign were halted at this point, they would each receive a £260 refund.

Payment holidays can be claimed until April 16.

But supporters are advised to wait until they are emailed by the club and the make sure they will be able to afford the increased instalments which will apply from August.

There is also help available for those who pay in one go.

They should email to discuss options available.