DARREN BYFIELD expects to run the rule over a couple of possible new recruits when Redditch United end their pre-season programme with a trip to neighbours Alvechurch tonight (Friday).
The Reds boss says he would be more than happy to start the new Southern Premier season, which kicks off next Saturday with Dunstable Town, with his existing players.
But, feeling he can still strengthen the squad, he will include two potential additions against the Church.
“I’m hoping to have two or three more players on board when the season starts against Dunstable,” said Byfield.
“We’re having a look a couple of players in the friendly against Alvechurch and we will take it from there.
“Would I be happy if I started the season with this group of players? Yes, I would but we are in talks with a couple more possibilities. If that happens, it will make us stronger.
“We need competition for places.”
Byfield , though, was quick to praise the endeavours of his new-look squad during pre-season.
He has been delighted with how they have worked hard and took on board his instructions but the key will be producing that over the next nine months.
“The boys’ attitude has been unbelievable,” he said.
“They have not moaned once when we have worked them really hard.
“I’ve been pleased with the performances overall.
“I know fans look at the scores but pre-season is not about results.
“Winning does breed confidence but it’s how we translate pre-season into the season.”
He added: “In non-League there are three big things.
“That’s mentality, reliability and consistency.
“If we pass those tests and keep working hard, we will have a good season.”
Redditch continued their pre-season programme with a 3-1 win at Boldmere St Michaels last weekend and Byfield suggests it was hugely impressive all-round display. Goals from Danny Jackman, Spencer Weir-Daly and Kevin Monteiro gave the Reds the win, with Ryan Nesbitt replying.
“We played very well but I’ve been long enough in football to know not to get carried away,” he added.
“The players were full of energy, they kept the ball well, manipulated the ball well, created chances and got plenty of midfield runners in dangerous positions.
“The one disappointment was that we conceded a goal.”
The final dress rehearsal comes at Lye Meadow tonight (7.45pm), but the Reds will be without right-back Keenah Rosser, and defender Jack Coates.
Meanwhile, Redditch have been handed a home tie against Bishops Cleeve in the first round of the BigFreeBet.com Challenge Cup. The tie will take place on the week beginning October 2.