Fleetwood boss Graham Alexander has made it clear starting spots are up for grabs from the word go after his team reported back for training.
Town began their pre-season work on Wednesday with a double session at Poolfoot Farm.
Alexander has admitted his team isn’t the finished article but insists those already involved with the club have a head start.
“It’s a smaller squad but there’s still competition,” he said.
“I did tell them we’d be making additions to the squad.
“But what I’ve said is you’ve got a head start, you’re in from day one and first impressions do last.
“I want to see who is ready to go and the majority of them were.
Fleetwood’s reduced playing budget means Alexander is working with a younger squad.
And he believes pre-season is a chance for everyone, including the older hands, to make improvements to their game
The Fleetwood boss said:”We’ve got a good core of the group that’s done so well over the last few years.
“We want to improve on that but we want to improve the players that were here as well.
“There’s a lot of young players.
“Even some of the older ones, like Nathan Pond, haven’t played a lot at this level.
“There’s room for improvement everywhere
Town may be looking to the likes of Nick Haughton and Declan McManus to provide flair.
But Alexander has plenty of experience and Football League know-how to call upon in key areas.
He believes the core of his side will stand up to scrutiny and provide a solid foundation.
“We have to have our experience in central defence, central midfield and Nathan Pond, Stephen Jordan, Jimmy Ryan, that’s a good triangle to build on,” said Alexander.