SCARBOROUGH Athletic boss Rudy Funk is still keeping himself very busy despite the fact that the NCEL kick-off is almost three months away.
Funk has already lined up plum friendly ties against Notts County and local rivals Whitby Town, as well as keeping in contact with a number of possible signings.
Keith Curle, boss of League One side Notts County, will bring his Magpies to Queensgate on Saturday July 28, exactly one week before a friendly outing at Whitby’s Turnbull Ground.
Funk said: “I have a fantastic relationship with Keith, so when he comes he will bring a very good Notts County team with him.
“We also have an exciting game against Whitby as well, things are moving on very quickly ahead of our return to training at the end of June.”
The Boro boss has already identified areas that he needs to strengthen, with at least four new additions currently being lined up.
Funk is expecting theses signings to either have a Scarborough-based flavour or be players with a great deal of pedigree.
He added: “We are working hard on bringing more and more hardcore Scarborough lads into our side.
“All of the lads from last season have already told me that they are committed to the cause, but we are looking now at where we need to strengthen.
“The fans want to see a winning team, so we are also keen to bring in some players with some good pedigree to boost things further.
“We are in a much better position now than we were at this stage last year.
“Some solid foundations have been set down, now the most important things are improvement and progression.
“We finished third last season, which was great, but we also learned an awful lot.
“There was a lot of hype, which was partially my fault, but we do know where we are going now.
“I am very excited about what lies ahead.”