Bedlington Terriers returned for pre-season training on Saturday and manager Andy Ferrell said he felt it went “very well” as a good number of new faces joined in.
Newly appointed head coach Paul Hogg put each and every person who turned up, whether it was new signings or trialists, through their paces.
Ferrell said: “It was very, very tough and I don’t think there was a person there that could say it was easy because Hoggy put us through our paces, and rightly so.
“I joined in the session so I know how hard it was, pre-season is hard and it is difficult and nobody likes it, but it is important for us as players to take part and get our fitness levels back.
“We had 19 players at the session and there were a fair few fit lads there. It is really all about getting to look at some players and seeing if they are good enough to play for us.”
The former professional is determined to fix the wrongs of last season, with the Terriers winning one game from mid-December till the end of the season.
Ferrell added: “There was a spark there straight away, with any club there will always be a so called ‘honeymoon period’, but the banter was flowing in the changing room.
“As long as the lads are fully focused on the full season ahead and are serious on the pitch then I will be pleased. I want them fully focused for all nine months.
“The additions to the side as well as the players who have been brought back to join shows the ambition and the direction that the club wants to go in.”
The Terriers’ first game of pre-season is scheduled for July 8, away to Red House Farm.