SOLIHULL Moors boss Marcus Bignot says he is well pleased with the way his team is coming together for the 2012/13 season.
Two weeks into the start of pre-season training, his squad have reported back in shape and ready to polish their individual and team skills.
“I’m happy,” said Bignot, who hasn’t taken a holiday this summer to concentrate on team preparation.
“All credit to the group - we gave them programmes to follow and the majority have done them and I’m pleased with the conditioning. It’s not about getting them fit now it’s about improving their ball skills.”
Bignot has also improved the spine of the side, signing centre forward Gary Birch, Hinckley’s skipper last year and central midfielder Andy Gooding, central defender Tom Kemp from Brackley and exciting new prospect Omar Bogle.
“We want to play winning football and these four are technically very good players and they will raise the skill level in the squad.
“I’m looking for a big improvement in that area on the pitch over last year.”
In total Bignot has assembled some 30 to 35 players and has arranged a punishing series of friendlies - three a week - to whittle the squad down to his preferred total of 18 complemented by half a dozen Under 21s.
“The pre-season is the most important part of the season for me and we’ll be taking a look at all the players in a game situation.”
First up are Premier Midland Combination outfit Bolehill Swifts away on Monday, July 16, then Rugby Town away on the following day, Tuesday, before facing Halesowen Town at home on July 21.