GREAT Harwood's new boss Dave Bradford says his side is shaping up nicely for life in North West Counties Division One.
The promoted Robins will kick off the new season with a trip to Abbey Hey on Saturday 14 August.
Their first home game is on Monday 16 August when they take on Curzon Ashton.
Bradford has been assessing his side in a couple pre-season friendlies - and likes what he sees so far.
"We are getting the ball down and playing football which is the way I want to play. We have a number of young lads but I have also made a couple of new signings," said the Harwood boss who took over when John Hughes left to join Chorley last month.
"I am hoping strikers Paul Mashiter and John Eastham will stay. I have also signed Russ Procter, a former Stanley player who is a centre half and Lee Rogerson, another former Stanley player who was a pro at Wigan. He is 36 but is still keen to play."
Harwood's keeper will be Bobby Harris - although he has also signed for his former boss at Chorley in the Conference North. A couple of the Harwood players may leave to link up with their old manager but Bradford isn't worried.
"I have Dave Sharples helping me out and he knows what all the teams are about. It will be hard but the squad is taking shape."
And Bradford is also looking forward to the local derby against Colne on Monday 18 September, who now have former Burnley striker Andy Payton playing for them.
"That is unbelievable," said Bradford. "He will get goals but Colne are a good side. It is a great signing."