With the countdown to Blyth Spartans’ Evo-Stik Northern Premier League opener at Marine well under way, winger Dean Holmes revealed they he can’t wait to get a competitive game under his belt for the club.
Since arriving at Croft Park from Northern League side North Shields during the summer, Holmes has shown glimpses of what he can offer and is hoping to make an impact during the coming campaign, starting on Merseyside this coming Saturday.
“I can’t wait for it now, we’ve had a great training session tonight (Tuesday) and everyone has worked really hard,” he said.
“I honestly think we can give it a go this season and do well.
“I’m confident in my own ability and I think I am ready for the step up to the Evo-Stik League.
“Just like all of the lads, I’m ready to work hard, even when I’m not having a great day I’ll make sure I work hard for the team and that gets you through.”
As well as Holmes, there has been a sprinkling of younger faces added to the Spartans squad during the summer, with the likes of Rob Nolan, Nathan Buddle and Matthew Wade joining the club.
Manager Tom Wade has overseen a transformation with only eight players remaining from last season.
And Holmes praised the Spartans boss for helping the young players settle in at Croft Park.
He said: “Tom has been great and he is helping all of the young lads along really well.
“Sometimes as a younger player you need an arm around your shoulder and Tom has been good to us all.
“The young lads are all raring to go and we will give it a good shot.”
The feeling within the club is that the key to a good season will be Spartans’ home form and how they perform in front of the Croft Park faithful.
Holmes said the new additions have been made only too aware how important the club is to the Green Army and was full of praise for how the supporters had been “very understanding” with the new members of the squad.
“The supporters have been brilliant and I think they are very understanding with all of the young lads at the club that at times it is going to be tough for us, but hopefully they’ll see that we appreciate them and are ready to work hard for them because it’s their club,” he said.