Bradford Park Avenue head coach Alex Meechan says pre-season has gone well for him, and that his squad are ready for the season to start this Saturday.
Meechan takes his side to Northolme to face Gainsborough Trinity in the season opener on August 6, and he believes both sets of players will be eager to get onto the field.
“I think everyone will be chomping at the bit, even their players,” Meechan said. “As a player, the six weeks of pre-season can drag a bit.
“You get to three or four weeks in and you are mentally ready for the season to start, so both sets of players and staff will be ready to embrace the season.
“It has gone well from our point of view, obviously recruitment wise I am pleased and happy with the players I’ve managed to get.
“And I think over the six weeks we’ve not only physically got them ready but they are mentally prepared and buying into what we want to do.
“Everything from how we want to play, the tempo we want to play at, everything we want to do they’ve taken on board and really built on it.
“Now we’re just looking forward to it and all the practice will pay off and we’ll get three points for the Avenue faithful on Saturday.”
Meechan has signed 14 new players in the summer, with just three players remaining from last term, and the Avenue boss says he has mostly decided who will start when Saturday comes round.
“I’m more or less there with the team I’m going to pick, I’m not going to lie, but anything can happen,” the Avenue boss explained.
“We train this (Thursday) evening, and you look at last season where on a Friday night we didn’t have a ‘keeper.
“But that won’t happen again and like I say, my players are mentally ready and know how I want them to go about it.
“I know Gainsborough are a tough side, I know the manager and the assistant very well.
“They’ve recruited well and done well to keep a few from last season, they are big, strong and physical and they’ve got some match-winners, so it’s going to be a good game.
Having been assistant to Darren Edmondson at Barrow and Avenue, this is Meechan’s first role as head coach, and he says his team will be as committed as he is.
“My team will reflect me as a player and me as a person,” Meechan stated.
“I want them to be full of commitment and desire, I want them to play with a high tempo and intensity with and without the ball, and I want a togetherness.
“We want them to be an ambitious bunch of footballers who want to succeed and do well for this football club.
“All of that is me in a nutshell really, and I hope it rubs off on them.”