Graham Alexander can’t wait to finally stamp his mark on Fleetwood Town.
The Cod Army will return to training on June 24 with a new-look squad.
It’s Alexander’s first pre-season in charge at Highbury and it can’t come quickly enough for the boss.
“I think it’s important that you try to make your mark and stamp your identity on a team,” he said.
“I’m really excited and looking forward to pre-season to work with the players we’ve brought in. I’m looking forward to getting the squad playing football in the way I think the game should be played.
“It’s important that any manager, at any level, puts his stamp on a team. I’ll be doing that from day one of pre-season. I’ll be working exceptionally hard, on and off the pitch, to make sure we are successful.”
Fleetwood have already added four new faces to the squad, with two more likely to follow soon.
And Alexander feels there’s a good blend of new and old.
He said: “There will still be quite a few players left from previous seasons, so it’s not quite a complete overhaul.
“I’d guess by the time we are ready to start the season it will be half new players and half players who have been here for a while.”
Meanwhile, captain Scott Davies heaped praise on an offer which allows under-16s to watch League 2 games at Highbury for free next season.
Children up to the age of 16 can claim a free season ticket for the 2013/14 campaign.
Davies said: “It’s such a great initiative. Fleetwood weren’t the size of football club they are today when I was at school and I know that we’re now going out into the community and doing great things.
“You see Fleetwood Town shirts everywhere and just how much it means to the kids to be part of something special.”
“The club itself is getting more exposure as it’s building larger a fan base.”