BRACKLEY Town boss Jon Brady says he hopes to add one or two new faces to his squad over the next week as the club’s first season in the Blue Square Bet North nears.
The 2012/13 season begins on Saturday, August 18, with Brackley opening up with a difficult away game at Altrincham.
Despite it being the highest level the Saints have ever played at, Brady is confident his side can compete, and with the addition of a few new faces, challenge in the top half of the table.
He said: “We’re not there to make up the numbers, we want to go into the league and compete, and compete in the top half of the table.
“It’s great to have that excitement within the squad but it’s important we play to our full potential and not get carried away.”
Following the team’s successful season last year, Brady says there is a buzz around the club but he is keen to guard against getting carried away.
He added: “We’re excited. The whole club has a euphoric feeling but we need to make sure we do ourselves justice.
“It’s a bit of unknown for us, I haven’t set any targets because I don’t want to have any limitations.
“We know that if we play our best week in week out then we can do well in this league.”
The 37-year-old has already stated his desire to keep the majority of the current squad together with only three players having left the club so far.
Goalkeeper Paul Walker has joined Corby Town while defender Tom Kemp left St James’ Park for Solihull Motors and the versatile Joe Magunda has been signed by Leamington.
Brady has secured the services of striker Stephen Diggin for next season while Billy Turner will also remain at the club.
But he is keen on strengthening in certain areas, adding: “We should have an update on new signings after this weekend.
“I don’t want to tempt fate but I’m certainly looking to bring in a couple of players.
“The focus has been on keeping the squad together, but there are certain areas we need to strengthen and we’ll do that but there’s just a couple of little things to sort out first before we can announce anything.”
With the start of the season just five weeks away, Brackley’s pre-season preparations are in full swing following their return to training last week.
Speaking about the opening game of the season, Brady said: “It’s not an easy start. Altrincham have strengthened over the summer by bringing in some new players.
“They finished eighth last season and they’ll be looking to build on that so it’ll be a firm test away from home.
“We’ve started pre-season now so we’re all back and ready to go. The season feels just around the corner now the fixtures have been released.
“We’ve got five weeks until the start of the season and we’re looking forward to it but first of all we’ve got two pre-season cups to focus on.”
Brackley’s pre-season begins next Tuesday, July 17, with a home match against Nuneaton Town at 7.45pm.