STOURBRIDGE manager Ian Long has been pleased with how his players have embraced the early weeks of pre-season.

The new-look Glassboys squad returned to training last week and Long was quick to put them through their paces with the new Southern League Central campaign on the horizon.

The boss, who is also running the rule over a host of trialists, says honesty will continue to be his best policy and the players know exactly what he expects of them as preparations go up a gear.

He said: "We've had a few really good sessions and everyone looked nice and sharp, which was good to see.

"We got the balls out as well and everyone looked really up for it, which is what you'd expect.

"The players know what to expect from the management team and we're very honest with them.

"This is when we want them to be working hard and we tell them exactly how it is. We have really good competition for all positions already so they have to work hard and we'll be completely honest with them about where they are. Hopefully they appreciate that."

Meanwhile, Long has still not been able to capture another forward despite speaking to a host of targets.

He has previously highlighted his desire to bring another attacker to the War Memorial Ground before the start of the new season.

He hoped to attract former Alvechurch players Josh March and James Roberts before both elected to play higher.

He said: "We have missed out on a few. I'd have liked to have tempted James Roberts or Josh March but it wasn't to be.

"We've moved to other targets and will hopefully get something done soon. We're pretty relaxed to be honest but I'd still like to get one more, preferably someone who can play all across the attacking areas.

"We've got plenty of options already though and we're also having a look at one or two trialists as well. There's no real panic."

Long did bolster his midfield option, however, with the arrival of Mike McGrath, who spent part of last season at Redditch United.