Darren Kelly, manager of Evo-Stik League Premier new boys Hyde United, certainly isn’t wasting time in putting together his squad ready for the new season.
Only a couple of weeks from the end of the season he has already secured some of last season`s squad who managed to get the Tigers promoted and also get them to their televised Emirates FA Cup First Round tie against MK Dons.
There is certainly a buzz around Ewen Fields at the moment last season we had a great dressing room and professional set up which the club believe the players recognised with so many of them saying how much they enjoyed the season on and off the pitch and agreeing to stay for the 2018/19 season.
First on the list is last season`s `golden boot` winner Tom Pratt, who joined Hyde from Trafford after having spells at Mossley AFC, Bury and Ashton United.
Playing in forty-three games, Pratt managed to score 17 goals with a number of assists.
Pratt gives 100% in everything he does and was unlucky when he got injured, breaking a bone in his foot which put him out for a number of weeks, but worked hard to get himself fit for the last three games of the season when a lot of players would have written their season off.
Next player committing to next season is midfielder Ross Daly, who joined mid-season from Scarborough Athletic and although it may have took him a few games to get his match sharpness back, when he had he formed a great partnership with Janni Lipka.
Also staying is full-back Kyle Brownhill, who has had a number of stints at the club but loves the place.
His fitness is up there with the best and was part of the formidable defence who only conceded 35 goals and were unbeaten at home all season.
Another defender staying is full-back Kyle Harrison.
`Mr Dependable`, he has played seventy-five games for the Tigers.
His past clubs include Farsley Celtic .Mossley and Guiseley AFC.
He has made the right-back position his own through hard work and determination and dependability.
Another on the retained list is winger Chris Sutherland, who joined the Tigers from Macclesfield Town and it was clear from the start that he would cause defenders problems in the Evo-Stik North with his pace, acceleration and trickery.
2017/18 was going to be a big year for Sutherland, but unfortunately a bad calf injury meant he missed large parts of the season.
It is hoped that a good summer and pre-season will see Sutherland back terrorising defences next season.
Finally, midfielder Janni Lipka has also agreed to stay.
Lipka won the players`, managers` and supporters` player of the year awards.
He is a manager`s dream as he just goes out and does what he does best without any fuss.