Omar Beckles says the Kettering Town players are “buzzing” ahead of the new season.
It has been another summer of change at Nene Park with new manager John Beck having to build a squad virtually from scratch.
But the Poppies have a squad in place and head to Weymouth tomorrow as they begin a new life in the Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division following their double demotion after entering a Company Voluntary Arrangement.
And midfielder Beckles, who has been at Millwall and Boreham Wood in the past, believes the squad has made slow but steady progress during pre-season.
“It has been slow but steady progress for us in the last few weeks,” the 20-year-old said.
“The manager has had to start from the very beginning with all of us.
“We are getting on with it and we are progressing. People can always pick bones but we have enjoyed it and we have gradually improved.
“All the lads are buzzing about the start of the season.
“There is just a real excitement about getting out there now.”
Beckles was offered a deal by the Poppies after being part of a team from his local area that came up to Nene Park for one of the trial days that Beck organised.
The midfielder added: “I came here with a team from my local area and we played at the trials day.
“For us, it was a lot easier because we were already a team and we did really well.
“I was offered a contract after that and I haven’t looked back.”