Reece Webb believes a good “work ethic” will stand the new-look Corby Town squad in good stead for the forthcoming campaign.
The midfielder is one of a host of new faces that have arrived at Steel Park this summer after manager Tommy Wright started a big rebuilding job following the club’s relegation from the Vanarama National League North in April.
The Steelmen are currently preparing for the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division campaign, which gets under way with a home clash against Matlock Town on Saturday, August 13.
The vast majority of the squad have plenty in common, given that they are young and all new to their surroundings in Northamptonshire.
But Webb, who came through the ranks at Birmingham City, believes the signs of a strong bond between the players is already showing.
“It’s going well, the majority of the lads are new anyway so we are gelling together,” the 20-year-old midfielder said.
“There is a good work ethic and you can see the passion and determination in the players.
“We are going to work hard for each other and we are all looking forward to the start of the season.
“The most important thing for us at the moment is working our way through pre-season and get the match fitness up to speed.
“Hopefully everyone will stay injury-free and we can then look forward to August 13.
“When I was at Birmingham I went on loan to Stourbridge in this division but I only played one full game and ended up smashing my ankle ligaments in that.
“So I don’t really know that much about the league but I will certainly know more about it once we get into that first game of the season.”
It looks like being a big season for Webb who missed the whole of last season after breaking his metatarsal twice in the space of a few months.
And he says he is excited about a “new start” at Steel Park.
“I was with Birmingham from the age of eight until I was 19,” he added.
“But last season wasn’t a good one for me.
“I went on trial at Torquay and they were going to sign me but I broke my metatarsal in the March and then did it again five or six months later, which meant I needed an operation.
“So I missed all of last season and in the last few months I have just been getting myself fit again and now I am here and looking forward to a new start.”