AIRBUS UK player-manager Gareth Owen is 'cherry-picking' the best talent outside of the Welsh top flight in a bid to make his side more competitive next season.
The Wingmakers chief has already recruited defenders Steve Hughes and Ryan Edwards from Buckley Town and Flint Town United respectively, while he is close to signing Buckley's goal-machine Graham Randles, Lex XI midfielder Warren Duckett and the left-sided Wyn Jones from Gresford.
As Airbus - who finished 15th last time out - are unable to compete with the league's biggest spenders, they are forced to look elsewhere for new talent. And Owen thinks it is a policy that has its benefits.
'We can't afford to pay the likes of TNS's and Rhyl's wages so we cherry-pick from the West Cheshire League and the Cymru Alliance and try and coach into them what we know, teach them what's right and make them better players,' said the boss, who has also brought in Stuart Webber, a defender who works at Wrexham's Colliers Park training ground, and Ryan Maloney, a forward formerly on the books of Bury.
'They want to listen because they want to become better players, and you can see that from their enthusiasm,' he added.
'Hopefully their arrival will do something for the lads who are already at the club. They know these lads are coming in and giving 110%, so it should rub off on them.
'I want competition for places, and that's why we're in the process of bringing six or seven lads in. I want players looking over their shoulder.'
Owen handed a whole host of new boys the chance to impress in Tuesday's friendly with Conference North outfit Vauxhall Motors, but the Broughton hosts lost 4-2.
James Hussaney and Chris Moores hit the Airbus goals.
'Maybe I was expecting too much given the number of new lads out there, but I just expected them to cope a little better than how they did in the first half,' said Owen, who came off the bench at half-time. 'But I was pleased with how we did in the second. We kept the ball a lot better and passed it well to get behind them, so there were positives.'
Next up for Airbus is the visit of League Two neighbours Chester on Tuesday night (7pm).
The Blues are expected to field a reserve side.