Eyemouth United manager Carl Hudson is pleased with the strength of his bolstered squad for the season ahead.
He has made four new signings, and two players are now back in training after missing most of last season with long-term injuries.
The experienced Mark Lockhart has joined the club along with promising youngsters Kieren Bullen and Jeff Collins. Goalkeeper Paul Tansey has been signed from Civil Service Strollers, giving Hudson the luxury of two keepers.
The manager admits Mark Bolton’s decision to retire is a setback, although the experienced former Coldstream midfielder has agreed to stay on standby and make himself available when the need arises.
“We’ve kept most of the squad from last season,” said Hudson. “I have a couple of trial players too. Andrew Hastie and Jake Rutherford are now back training after a full season out injured. That will be a big boost.
“We’re still a relatively small squad for East of Scotland football, but after the way the team came together last season why tamper with it?”
Eyemouth have been let down by potential opponents for pre-season friendlies, but host Alnwick Town this weekend at Warner Park.
“We are looking fitter than last season and the cup games at the start of the season will give me a better chance to see where we are on the playing side of things,” Hudson added.
○Coldstream continue their preparations for the new season away to junior side Penicuik Athletic this Saturday (2.30pm). A depleted Streamers team went down 2-0 away to a strong Ashington side last weekend.