Ben Milnes believes the host of summer signings have come in with the right attitude at Corby Town.
The popular midfielder, who was one of the Steelmen’s more consistent performers during a miserable season in the Vanarama National League North, is one of a handful who have remained at Steel Park during a summer of change.
Corby’s relegation in April was the spark for boss Tommy Wright to make significant changes to his squad.
A new era for the Steelmen will see the first-team squad training during the day in line with the club’s academy and they now find themselves in the unfamiliar surroundings of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division.
But while changes have happened around Milnes, who was named the supporters’ player-of-the-year for last season and also scooped the manager’s award which he shared with the now departed Greg Mills, he insists the new boys have “fitted in well”.
And, despite missing the last couple of games of pre-season with a calf injury, the midfielder is feeling well prepared for the new campaign, which gets under way against Matlock Town at Steel Park on Saturday.
“I am feeling ready for the new season, it seems like a long time since the last one ended,” Milnes said.
“I have had a niggling calf injury but not playing in the last two friendlies was more of a precaution more than anything.
“I have been back in training and I am feeling fit for a new league and a new challenge.
“We are all looking forward to it.
“There have been a lot of changes in terms of players but they have all fitted in well.
“All of the boys have the right attitude. They want to work hard and give their best for the club during the season.”
Milnes would love nothing more than to help give the Steelmen a winning start at the weekend.
There was little to cheer for the Corby faithful during last season but Milnes is wary of Saturday’s opponents.
“It’s great that we are starting with a home game but I think it will be tough,” he added.
“By all accounts Matlock are a decent side but we will be going out there looking to start the season with three points.”