Ashington FC manager Steve Bowey has called on the Woodhorn Lane supporters to ‘be patient’ ahead of the 2018-19 season.
Bowey saw club captain Craig Scott, Dale Pearson, Luke Salmon and Dylan Williamson all leave the club last week – but is hoping to unveil new signings as he attempts to reshape his squad.
He said: “The four lads who we have lost will be a big miss but we have still got a good bunch of players who we will be working with at the club.
“I’m confident of bringing another four or five through the door but it’s a ‘work in progress’ exercise at the moment.
“Obviously the way the transfer market has gone in the league, it’s a bit crazy in terms of what some clubs are doing.
“However, what I can guarantee is a brand of football which the fans will enjoy and what I will enjoy coaching.
Everyone has got to be patient – the first game of the season is still two months away and I’m not one of those managers who just goes out and signs anyone - I like to look at different players and assess their characters and see what they have to bring to the table.”
He continued: “I want to be 100 per cent certain that players we sign are going to make us better and take us to the next level.
“We have got to be fit and strong and with a couple of additions to what we already have got, I’m more than confident that we will do really well next season.
“We have got to look to the younger players to come through along with local lads – all of whom want to play for Ashington.
“The set up here is one of the best in the league with one of the best grounds. There is a lot of work being done on the pitch itself and we have got a lot to offer.
“I want the town including local businesses to get behind the club and I want to try and get people who haven’t been to Ashington Football Club before to come through the turnstiles.
“On top of that, we are always on the lookout to attract new sponsors and any bit of help is appreciated.
“Every non league club needs help from different areas and the more you can get makes things a bit easier.”
He concluded: “I’ve got irons in the fire for new players but at the moment we will have to make things happen with what we have got.
“It’s going to be hard work but I’m committed to the club and I want to give things a right good go next season.”