New Belper Town boss Grant Black has stated that everyone will get a fair chance to impress this pre-season, as he looks to shape a squad fit to challenge come August.

Former Ossett Town manager Black was appointed to the Marston’s Stadium hot seat this week and has spoken of his delight at getting the opportunity at a club he feels has a lot of potential both on and off the field.

He will invite last season’s players back for the start of training on Tuesday 3rd July and expects there to be new additions to the squad, as he and the club target an improvement on last season’s 16th place finish in the Evo-Stik NPL South. Black has been around the Evo-Stik leagues a long time as a player with the likes of Buxton and Matlock Town, where he assisted then-manager Mark Hume for his first taste in the dugout before taking on the Ossett reins.

“There’s always going to be people moving on and players coming in,” Black told the Belper News. “It’s the same at any club when a new manager comes in – they want to work with players they can trust. “That will be no different with us. We will be bringing in players we’ve worked with in the past but the players who were there last season will be invited to come back for the first pre-season sessions. “Some people say they underachieved last year but they will all have a clean slate and if they come back and perform in pre-season then they’ll have that opportunity to start on 18th August.”

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