Oldham coach Scott Naylor is very pleased with how recruitment has shaped up at the club for the 2016 season.
Naylor thinks that there is sufficient quality now for there to be a stiff battle for places in the starting 17, which is exactly what a coach needs.
“Competition for places will be tough right through the team, and that’s how it should be,” he said.
“Last season was fantastic, but it’s gone, finished. We’re back in training for 2016 and we must now focus entirely on what lies ahead.
“Kane Daniels [Oldham strength and fitness coach] has warned us that tonight we’re in for the toughest session we’ve ever had so he means to start as he’s going to carry on.
“Things are looking good. The core of the squad has been together for three years and with each passing season we’re older and more mature as players.
“We’ll need to control as many games as we can, like we did last year, but I feel sure we’ve got the potential, both on the field and within our coaching and backroom staff, to hold our own and consolidate in the higher division.”