BRIDLINGTON Town have started their pre-season training programme as they look ahead to their first campaign under new manager Mitch Cook.
He has confirmed to the Free Press that the majority of last year’s squad have agreed to stay with the Seasiders, and he is looking to bring in around half-a-dozen additions from his former club Pickering Town.
Cook said: “We are two weeks into pre-season now and initially it is a case of me getting to know the players and them getting to know me.
“I have been delighted with the response. We had 20 at our first training session and 21 at the second and there are a couple of lads away on holiday.
“Steve Lyon wants to go to Goole and has been training with them. Scott Phillips didn’t reply to any calls or texts and is back with Scarborough Athletic and Dave Kemp phoned me last week to let me know he was going back to Scarborough.”
Some familiar faces will be returning to Queensgate as Cook puts his own mark on the squad which finished third in the Northerm Counties East League Premier Division.
Joe Danby and Carl Cook, who both had brief spells with Town last season, have been training with Bridlington, and Nathan Cook will join up when he returns from holiday.
The same applies for another ex-Pickering player Josh Greening, while Wayne Aziz and Ged Dalton also look set to make the move from Mill Lane
Cook added: “Gary Allanson was very successful with what he did and how he did it. I want to continue that. We all have different styles but we both played the game at professional level and have a similar coaching background.”