FORMER Vauxhall Motors striker Gregg Blundell is aiming to make up for lost time when Chester City take on League Two newcomers Accrington Stanley on Saturday.

The 28-year-old striker, who spent almost four years at Rivacre Park between 1997 and 2001, reckons Blues fans have yet to see him at his best after injury restricted him to just seven goals in 33 appearances last season.

But after surviving boss Mark Wright's summer clear-out, Chester's record signing is raring for the new season to start

He said: 'The gaffer's gone out and got an entirely new squad. It's like being at a new club.

'Hopefully this season is going to be the one I should have had last season.

'I'm going to try and get back and show the fans and the lads in the team what I can bring. I don't think I did anything last season.'

Manager Wright has brought in 16 new faces since leading City from the foot of League Two to safety at the end of last season.

And with the addition of former Blues favourite Graham Barrow to Wright's backroom staff, fans are optimistic of a bright future after last season's relegation-haunted campaign.

Wright has seen City endure a patchy pre-season after experimenting with his line-up in matches against Stoke City, Cercle Brugge, Cammell Laird, Chesterfield, Blackpool and Huddersfield Town.

With so many new faces expected to make their debuts against Accrington Stanley on Saturday, patience could be the key as Wright attempts to gel his new recruits into a side capable of making a realistic challenge for promotion.