ACCRINGTON Stanley started gearing up for the new League Two season after returning to training at Wilsons Playing Fields today.
New faces at the training ground included signings Paul Carden, goalkeeper Kenny Arthur and strikers Roscoe Dsane and John Miles.
And manager John Coleman admitted he is now desperate to get a centre half in as soon as possible.
He is interested in a Conference defender who has one year left on his current deal and chairman Eric Whalley has been trying to contact the non-league club's chairman this week.
And Coleman is still iin talks with the Scottish centre half from the Premier League although he has had a hip operation recently and there is a worry over his fitness.
"The Scottish lad is still injured at the moment so we should know more soon," said the Reds chief. "As for the Conference defender, Eric has been trying to get in touch with their chairman but, if it doesn't happen today, I will get in touch with their manager.
"My priority is a centre half. It is pretty clear that we conceded too many goals last season and, if you look at what we had last year, we are two down so we have got to get at least one in.
"If I don't get either of the above in then I have one or two other options."
And the chase is still on for a season long loan deal for Godwin Antwi from Liverpool. The defender has returned to training with the Anfield side and Coleman expected to know more this week.
Meanwhile, the Reds chief has limited the number of triallists this summer after being overrun with them in previous seasons.
"There is still a few triallists but we have cut them down. We have had too many in the past," said the Reds boss. "The lads will have an easy session today, the weekend off and then we will get down to work next week with our first friendly against Clitheroe on July 11.
"I trust the lads and most of them will come back in good shape so now it will just be a case of working on the football side of things."
Skipper Peter Cavanagh is happy with Stanley's signings so far and is looking forward to meeting up with his new team-mates.
"Kenny Arthur comes with good credentials and will bring out the best in Bavs (Ian Dunbavin) so it will be interesting to see who comes out on top," he said. "If Roscoe finds his form of two or three seasons ago in the Conference then it will be a very shrewd signing. I remember playing for the England non league team with him and he was the main man so, if he finds that form, he will be a danger.
"John is my friend and a good acquisition. I had been on at the gaffer for a couple of seasons to sign him and I think he will fit in well with the way we play football.
"And Paul has a reputation as a tough-tackling midfielder and it gives us something different now Andy Procter is a creative midfielder who scores 25-yard goals!
"But I am looking forward to getting back. You do start to get itchy feet and I am now dying for a game of football.
"I have spoke a to lot of the Liverpool lads and they feel the same although Rocky (Robbie Williams) had a malaria scare.
"He had been to Egypt for his holidays, came back unwell and had some tests but he has been given the all clear. I think everyone was relieved as we haven't got many centre halves at the club at the moment!"
Rommy Boco also had a malaria scare after going home to Benin following a couple of international games in Canada but he has fully recovered.