Workington Reds boss Danny Grainger is raring to go ahead of his first pre-season in the managerial hotseat.

The former Carlisle United and Hearts defender is due to welcome his squad back to training next week as he looks to get his players into shape for a tilt at promotion.

The club was relegated from the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division last season and a busy period has already seen the new manager tie down a number of players from that squad, as well as adding some new and familiar faces to the group.

Grainger said that he was happy with the business conducted so far and to have been able to retain the bulk of the players he wanted to keep.

“We are still looking to secure a few more additions to the group and will be monitoring these through the next few weeks before making any final decisions,” he added.

“I would like to thank the people working hard helping secure funding for the War Chest and, to those backing this, all at the club are grateful for this support.

Personally, I also appreciate the efforts of all the staff working tirelessly behind the scenes who have made me feel so welcome since I joined Workington.”

Grainger is taking his first steps into management with Reds and said he was “delighted” with the backroom staff assembled to help him find his feet.

He said: “Steven Rudd staying at the club as my assistant is great news for me personally as he is someone I hold in high regard and trust implicitly.

“Gari Rowntree agreeing to become first team coach is also a huge positive as he knows the club inside out and only wants what is best for Reds moving forward.

“Lee Fearn’s decision to join us is something else I’m pleased with.

“After working with him at Carlisle United, I know what he brings – on and off the pitch – and how much time and care he devotes to having the players ready for the many challenges ahead.

“Ronan Irving is young, enthusiastic and a very talented physio who is looking forward to working alongside the staff and players and getting the best out of all the lads and keeping them on the pitch throughout a long hard season.”

Grainger also said that the club had hoped to secure a high-profile friendly match on August 10 but that may not happen due to leagues already getting under way.