Richard Pears is looking forward to seeing how many players are in attendance when Barnstaple Town get their preseason training under way this weekend.
Pears is fresh in the managerial hotseat at Barnstaple and has invited a large amount of players to their first session, although Ryan Turner and Billy Tucker have both opted to leave the club.
The former Exmouth Town boss says it will be interesting to see how many of the players he has invited turn up.
He said: “We’ve got our first preseason session on Friday, which I’m looking forward to. We’ve invited quite a few players to come to preseason so I’m hoping they come on Friday and see what we’re about this year.
“It provides an opportunity for me to work with some new players from a different area and I’m really looking forward to that.
“We did offer contracts to Ryan Turner and Billy Tucker over the last week but they chose not to join us and instead signed for Bideford.
“While that’s disappointing it does provide an opportunity for players coming in. We wanted to keep Ryan as he’s been at the club for a few years and Billy’s a lad I came across when I was co-managing Devon.
“We went all out for contracts but sadly they rejected it and we move on.
“I’m really looking forward to it – we’ve got a lot of work to do in preseason and it’s certainly a different preseason to what I’m used to.
“I’m speaking to a lot of players who I haven’t worked with or seen as much as I have Exeter-based players but I’m really looking forward to the new challenge.
“Hopefully we’ll get a good turnout on Friday night.”
Pears believes Barnstaple can offer a unique opportunity to young footballers in Devon and he is looking forward to getting properly under way.
He said: “My ethos is that I like working with players, particularly young players, who have got potential and with the resources Barnstaple have at the moment it offers a lot of opportunity for those kinds of players to play Southern League football.
“There are six lads who are coming up from Exmouth that I’m bringing with me and they’re under no illusions they’ll have to step up but it provides an opportunity for them.
“I’m hugely excited and a little bit nervous but once I get out there on the training pitch with the players and start putting in some of the plans I want to put into place, I’m quietly confident that it will be a good season for us.”