Inverurie Locos manager Neil Cooper is encouraged by the quality in his squad ahead of the new season – but is still planning for more signings.
Last term was one of transition for the Garioch side.
In August, co-manager Kenny Coull stepped down, leaving Scott Buchan in sole charge.
In December, Buchan resigned due to work and family commitments and Cooper was appointed in January.
After assessing his charges over the second half of last season – during which Locos finished ninth in the Highland League – Cooper has begun to reshape his squad.
Veteran striker Martin Bavidge has called time on his playing career to watch his sons play football. While defenders Kieran Adams, Ross Anderson, Gordon Forsyth and Stephen Jeffrey have all been allowed to leave since Cooper arrived at Harlaw Park.
Stuart Duff and Neil Gauld have signed for Locos from Cove Rangers and Formartine United, respectively.
Cooper is pleased with the ability at his disposal and is confident heading into the new season where Inverurie will look to push up the table.
He said: “Things are going well. I have been assessing the squad since I arrived. Having made assessments you let people go and you bring people in.
“We’ve let five players go and we’ve signed Duff and Gauld.
“I think we have a very good squad just now so our focus is on having a good pre-season and then trying to hit the ground running in the new campaign.
“At the tail-end of the season we won six of our last seven games with the squad we have so that shows what we are capable of.
“We are looking to take in players who will make us better. We have spoken to some players and offered some contracts.
“It’s not easy to sign players because at this level if a player gets an offer from one club they will often look around and see if they can get a better offer from elsewhere.”