Tamworth goalkeeper Jas Singh reckons the Lambs’ packed pre-season schedule will be exciting, but admits it will be tough after over a year away from football.
The Lambs were back in training last week ahead of their first pre-season game next week against Chasetown.
And after not playing a competitive game since early December, Singh reckons the intensity might be a shock.
He said: “Pre-season is going to be full throttle. There’s a lot of games and going from nothing to playing so many games in a short space of time is going to be difficult on some bodies.
“It’s exciting but there’s going to be a realisation quite quickly.”
With talk of another title push in the air, the Lambs have added a number of new faces while a lot of the core squad has been kept together.
But with a number of teams strengthening ahead of the new season, Singh has urged fans not to expect an easy run to the top.
“We’ve all got to be very careful this year,” he said.
“Of course, we want to be successful, but we don’t know what other teams are going to be like just yet. We haven’t played for 18 months so we’ve got to be realistic and take each game as it comes. It’s easy to say we’ll instantly be challenging but it’s not as easy as that.
“You can look at it as two years wasted but it’s been the same for everyone other than the EFL and the Premier League. I can’t imagine our games without fans, it would be hard to get motivated for games.”
Talk of silverware was far from the minds of anyone at Tamworth after a turbulent first season in the Southern League.
Under Mike Fowler and then Dennis Greene, the Lambs struggled to acclimatise to their new surroundings.
But when Gary Smith and Andrew Danylyszyn took the hot seat, things started to change.
“With regards to Dennis Greene, it was a bit harsh because the season before the club had been relegated and then we didn’t start great so that negativity was already there when he took over,” Singh said.
“When Dennis had his time in charge, he didn’t have much luck with injuries. I was injured, I think Bes, Joel Kettle and Kristian Green were all injured.
“These players are your main players in a team, so he had to chop and change a lot of the time. Andy and Smudge have been a breath of fresh air.
“Once we were safe, it was a case of just positivity and putting arms around shoulders. When they got the job permanently, it made it a lot easier to stay because players knew they would be happy.”
Singh joined a number of players from the last couple of seasons to pen a new deal for the coming campaign.
As far as his negotiations were concerned – there was never any doubt a deal would be done.
“From my side I was always going to re-sign,” he said.
“I’m really happy here and it’s just nice to get the deal over and done with. I don’t think it was hard for the staff, it seemed to be an easy decision all round.”