WREXHAM defender Carl Tremarco believes there is a renewed air of optimism blowing through the Racecourse club.
Buoyed by the influx of some promising summer signings, the 22-year-old feels the Dragons have been given a fresh start after the struggles of last season.
Tremarco initially joined on loan from Tranmere Rovers in January as Brian Little’s side battled unsuccessfully to avoid relegation from the Football League.
The left-back then signed a two-year contract in the summer as Little and assistant Martin Foyle began to re-build the squad.
Six new faces have since arrived as Wrexham prepare for life in the Blue Square Premier, while trialist Christian Smith is to be offered a month-long deal. And Tremarco insists the mood in the Dragons camp is a far cry from the gloom of last season.
“Going down last season was a kick in the teeth, but there is a whole load of new players and it’s a fresh start for everyone,” he said. “The mood now is good. We have a good set of lads and we all get on with each other. There are some good players here, we are all together and our main aim is to win promotion.
“Obviously, last season it was very different. It’s difficult to be upbeat when you are bottom of the league.
“In the second half of thew season we had some decent results, but it seemed that whenever we won the teams around us in the league also won.
“The joy of winning did not last long as we were still bottom on the table.
“This season we won’t be so worried about the other teams – we’ll let them worry about us.”
Despite the optimism, Tremarco revealed Little has warned his players against the dangers of complacency.
The Dragons boss has been studying their Blue Square rivals closely and is under no illusions about the challenge ahead.
Tremarco added: “We are not taking anything for granted. We know we can’t expect to just turn up to win.
“We know we have to earn the right to play our football. It has been drilled into us that we have to work hard.”
Although Tremarco made his senior debut against non-league opponents aged 18 when Tranmere faced Rymans League outfit Hornchurch in the FA Cup, he confesses that Conference football will be a new experience for him.
The Blue Square Premier campaign kicks off on Saturday when promotion favourites Stevenage Borough visit the Racecourse.
“I don’t know too much about the league, it’s new to me and several of the other lads,” he said yesterday. “But we are all listening to what the coaches are telling us.
“Today we looked at Stevenage and what their strengths and weaknesses are. The players have taken it all on board.
“Stevenage are one of the favourites to win promotion. In a way it’s good that we are playing them in the first game. We face a few of the fancied teams early on in the season so we’ll soon know where we stand in the league and where we need to improve.”
And Tremarco is hoping that good football we prevail in the Blue Square Premier this coming season.
“We want to get the ball down and play,” he added. Some people think that non-league football is all about route one, but I have watched some games on television and it’s a long way from that. There’s tidy football being played – better than we were playing last season.”
l WREXHAM beat Hereford United 2-1 in a behind closed doors friendly yesterday.
Marc Williams scored both goals for the Dragons, who had young keeper Chris Maxwell taken to hospital for stitches to a mouth injury.