Following the signing of striker Dan Holman, Kevin Wilkin has been looking ahead to the new season.

“I’ve had a fantastic core group of players here at St James Park over the last few seasons,” Wilkin said.  “After successive 3rd placed finishes and the Wembley win in the Trophy we want to be challenging at the sharp end again next season.  We got really good business done at the end of the season in retaining the majority of my squad – that was my priority and that business puts us in a strong place.  We have added a proven goal scorer in Dan [Holman] and I expect to announce further signings in the coming days.”

“We have an exciting programme of pre-season fixtures that I know everyone around the club is looking forward to already.  First we have training which starts next weekend and we will get down to work with a clear view of the challenges ahead.”