DAVID Bracewell's powers of persuasion have paid off as the Enfield captain looks to improve on a magnificent season last time out.
The Dill Hall Lane side finished third in the Lancashire League but Bracewell feared some of the older players like Bernard Reidy, Neil Holmes and Andy Barker might call it a day.
However all are staying and are ready to kick off the Lancashire League season at home to Bacup on Sunday.
"I think Bernard was worried about what kind of shape he would be in but he played in a friendly and he played well and said he will give this season another go," said Bracewell.
"He might not play every game but it is good to have him back."
Reidy, 53, took 55 wickets last season; Holmes, 34, took 34 while Andy Barker made a big contribution with the bat.
"It is great they are all staying. I guess because we had a good season last year it helps," added the captain.
And they could also have former Lancashire CC player Keith Barker in the fold as his contract is up at Blackburn Rovers FC.
"Keith has said he is available but obviously in July he will have trials at other football clubs - but having him here is a boost for us."
Batsman Mitch Taylor is also hoping to have shrugged off injuries which hampered him last season.
But all the eyes at Enfield will be on New Zealand pro Brandon Hiini, who the club are expecting big things from.
"He comes highly recommended and, even though he is only in his second season at Canterbury, he has been doing well with bat and ball.
"He bats at Number eight, nine or ten but has been in the runs averaging 60-odd. It shows what a good player he is," said the captain.
As well as a third place finish, Enfield also reached the final of the Inter League Trophy where they lost to East Lancs.
"It would be good to get to another final - maybe do well in the Worsley Cup or the 20/20 competition," continued Bracewell.
"I think it is anybodies league though.
"Burnley and Ramsbottom probably have the strongest amateurs but the rest of the teams will be similar and anybody could beat anybody.
"We have a tough start with Bacup, Haslingden and Burnley in our first five games.
"But we won our first seven or eight last season and we need another good start."