Scarborough Athletic assistant boss Darren France is filled with excitement ahead of next week’s pre-season kick off.
Boro step back into training on Tuesday evening at Bishop Burton College, just months after gaining promotion to the Evo-Stik South from the NCEL Premier.
Boro boss Rudy Funk, France and new capture John Reed have all been working their magic over the summer, providing the club with a variety of fresh faces.
Among them will be former North Ferriby quartetChris Bolder, Gary Bradshaw, Steve Ridley and Paul Foot, as well as Craig Radcliffe and keeper Jason White.
“I’m really looking forward to it, we really look in good shape going into this season,” said France.
“The lads were brilliant last year, but you would expect this will be a tougher division so we obviously have to strengthen.
“The changes haven’t been dramatic. Only a couple have left and you have the likes of Tommy Adams who are signing on dual forms with us and Pickering Town.
“If you look at the lads we have brought in, they are great players to have. These are players who have dropped down levels and also dropped wages to come here.
“The fans expect results though. It is vital that we are right in there after 10 games.
“We have to get out there and go for it.”
As well as having Funk, France and Reed on their books to conduct pre-season, Boro can also turn to the knowledge of former Premier League midfielder Bryan Hughes and sports therapist Ben Neves.
France added: “Rudy, John and myself obviously have a fair bit of experience between us that we can use in pre-season.
“We will also have the ideas and thoughts of Bryan, who was playing in the Football League just a year ago.
“Ben is coming in to look at the players’ diets as well, so we shouldn’t be far away.
“We all sat down before the summer and spoke to the players about looking after themselves.
“I don’t think we needed to have that conversation because we have good lads, who are all in tip-top condition.