Ride on Mower Problem

Hi All
Newbie here so go gently.
I have a rather old (by today's standards) Lawnflite 555 ride on. As
soon as I got it I had to service, oil and grease and sharpened the
blades. He was desperately in need of TLC. So, it is now cutting like it
should and as we have 2 acres to cut every 2 weeks he is going to be
Yesterday whilst reaching the end of the cut, the clutch (If thats the
right description) pedal started juddering. Upon checking it also does
it in reverse, and when I look down at the belts and pulleys, the whole
lot are waggling about like a dogs tail.
Prior to this the drive belt from the engine to the axle became so loose
it was slipping off at the engine pulley.
The blade belt and system are fine, its only the drive side of things.
Are the two problems connected ? What could the overall problem be ?
Thanks In advance.
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