Jon McCarthy took charge of his first training session as permanent Chester FC manager this morning at the start of pre-season.
Although the players came in on Tuesday and Wednesday to collect training kits and undergo fitness testing, Thursday was first time the whole squad had been together since the end of the 2015/16 campaign.
New signings Blaine Hudson, Elliott Durrell and Ross Killock met up with those returning from last season including Jon Worsnop, Craig Mahon, Luke George and James Alabi.
Former youth teamers Matty Waters and Kieran Evans trained as senior players for the first time while there were a number of trialists taking part in the hope of earning themselves a deal with the Blues.
IN PICTURES: Pre-season begins for the Chester squad
McCarthy and his assistant have introduced a change for 2016/17 with the players meeting at the Lookers Vauxhall Stadium for breakfast before training starts.
The ex-Northern Ireland international, appointed after leading the club to three wins from four games as caretaker manager following the sacking of Steve Burr, spoke about the upcoming season and his targets and expectations.
The squad then headed off to the University of Chester's Parkgate Road campus for their first training session.
The players have the weekend off and will be back on Monday for a full week of training before Chester's first pre-season game, a trip to Sandbach United on Saturday, July 9.