THE Blues squad that returns to pre-season training today bears hardly any resemblance to the one that finished the 2005-06 campaign. Here's what manager Mark Wright has to say about the new faces.
Kevin Sandwith (left wing-back). MW: Undoubtedly one of the best players in this league at delivering a ball with his left foot, from free-kicks and corners. It was important to us to bring someone like him in.
Drewe Broughton and Jon Walters (strikers). MW: Their strength is frightening. They're both strong, aggressive boys who want to get after you. They make life difficult.
Jermaine McSporran (winger/forward). MW: He can set the world alight and shouldn't be playing at this level. He's got to make sure he's fit.
John Danby (keeper). MW: He's got the right size, right physique and he kicks the ball a mile. He lost a bit of confidence at Kidderminster but he comes to us highly recommended by (former Kiddy boss) Jan Molby. What we need to do is get an experienced keeper in with him.
Laurence Wilson (left midfield/wing-back). MW: He's a kid but he came into this league last year with Mansfield (on loan from Everton) and did very well. I see him as a left wing-back, rather than a full-back. It's good to have competition, and he's in there with Kevin Sandwith.
Dean Bennett (utility man). MW: Dean has a wealth of experience and can play in two or three different positions which gives us a number of options.
Graham Allen (defender). MW: Graham's a player I've been very, very keen on in the past. He's got a good pedigree, he's got lots of experience, he's a good leader and a good football player. We know he's had a bad hip and we have to be mindful of that but we'll look after him and make sure he plays games.
Jamie Hand (midfielder). MW: He's a good, strong midfield player who can be very important to us this season.