Let the excitement begin – that’s what Paul Cook is saying as he begins his first full season as Stanley manager.
The Reds kick off their Capital One Cup campaign tomorrow at League One Carlisle United before the League Two season starts a week later at Southend United.
Cook admits he hasn’t got what he views as his full-strength squad together as yet but he is happy with the young, ambitious team he has assembled at the Crown Ground.
"It is an exciting time for the club," said the Stanley boss. "Fans will see a lot of goals and it will be attacking football.
"They come to be entertained and that’s what I plan to do and hopefully we will get plenty of wins on the way."
Cook was aiming to complete a loan deal today (Friday) for Wigan midfielder Ryan Watson, 19, to go alongside striker Karl Sheppard who he has snapped up from Reading until January.
And Cook is also aiming to add former Everton and Southampton defender Lee Molyneux to his squad, who has been on trial with the Reds, while striker Padraig Amond, on loan last season with Stanley, is hoping to finalise a deal with his club in Portugal so he can return to England permanently.
"Karl is the type of player we want at the club," said Cook. "We have got a young squad, lads we want to develop, but Karl is nearer the end product and hopefully a few months here will be of value to him and us.
"He has a great work ethic, a great desire and a habit of scoring goals which is what we want. We are in discussions with both Podge (Amond) and Lee."
Cook has already added 20-year-old James Gray to his side, a striker who came through the ranks at Middlesbrough and played in non-league last season.
"I am happy with James and he is one to develop. We also have Marcus Carver and we will loan him to Marine to get some valuable experience of playing adult football. He will train with us and play at Marine and that will be good for both parties.
"There is also Bohan Dixon and he is unique in that he has come from Sunday League football but I have been impressed with him. He brings something to the side but he may need to go out on loan to help him develop."
Cook continued: "We aren’t a settled side yet. I wish we were but that’s the way it goes. You have got to be patient.
"Lads are currently trying to cement their place in the first team but we are still looking for loan or permanent signings.
"We have the numbers but a lot are young and developing and we are looking for quality signings to take us where we want to be."
Cook admitted he has missed out on keeper Tony Warner, 38, who was on trial but Iain Turner, who the Reds talked to earlier in pre-season, has become available again.
"We made Tony an offer but obviously we can’t offer what a lot of clubs can and he wasn’t satisfied and we respect that," said Cook. "I think he is training with Southend and we wish him well. Tony may come back to us and we may come back to him so that’s how it is at the moment.
"Now though we are actively looking elsewhere for a loan deal or a permanent keeper.
"We have young Andrew Dawber who has done well but he needs experience.
"I think, at the moment, we need a goalkeeper, another striker and a wideman."
Cook, who came to the Crown Ground in February, admits he is not feeling overawed by the challenge of his first full season as Reds boss after Accrington finished 14th last season.
"Managing a football club is a daily challenge. I had five years in¿Ireland with Sligo and I know what it is all about.
"And luckily the hardcore supporters here do too. They stick through the club through good and bad times and, as long as I am acting in the best interests of the club and the players, then I think they understand what I am trying to do here.
"We are all in it together.
"It is a challenge but I don’t think management is pressure. There are a lot of other jobs and situations out there in daily life that are more pressure than managing a football club."
The Reds boss is starting out aiming for top spot in League Two and wants to be judged on the end-of-season position, not during the campaign.
"I am not interested in whether we have a good away record or a bad home one, for me it’s about where we finish at the end," he added. "I am not bothered about being unbeaten in six or not having won in four – when the season is done and dusted it’s our league position that counts and we want promotion, that’s the aim."