Workington Reds assistant boss Steve Rudd says keeping all of last season's fit players was the right decision.

As the Borough Park outfit get back into training ahead of a new term, Rudd says there was no need to make alrge scale alterations in their squad, that was topping the table before lockdown.

And he says with the couple of new faces they have added, they will be competitive as they wait for a start date for the new season.

“If it’s not broken, don’t try and fix it," Rudd told the club website. "I know some people can’t wait to sign five or six players every year but there’s not been a need to.

“It’s all for competition, we want to have two lads fighting for every place. If you’re not doing the business, you won’t be playing – it’s as simple as that.”

The two hitmen who have joined Reds, Ruben Jerome and Louis Potts, will help with the competition for places and Rudd says he has high hopes for them.

He added: “Potty’s a good young player from Preston North End who’s got good reviews from their academy staff, so we’re excited about him.

“With Ruben, we know all about from playing against us and scorning last season. He’s a different option to what we have.

“We expect the pair of them to come in and do really well.”

Rudd admits its is good to be back in training with the squad and manager Danny Grainger, despite new restrictions that they must abide by.

“Training’s not the same without the contact and things like that but it’s good to be back," he said.

“Especially on the social side of things; it gets us all out of the house.”

“We’ve been texting out challenges on a Sunday for the week ahead, two of them are compulsory and two of them optional.

“Some of the lads have been off work so they’ve had more time than others.

“We’ve mixed it up; done some short, sharp ones, longer distance ones and body circuits which the lads can video.

“We’ve also created leaderboard which keeps it fun and interesting, which is the hardest part.

“Credit to the lads for doing them as they’ve come back in good nick.”

n The winners of the Workington AFC monthly Simply Reds draw were: £500, Christine Murray, Broughton Moor, 1396; £100, Audrey Thompson, Seaton, 1703; £75, Hilary Degrass, Workington, 1257; £50, Bob Haley, Frizington, 588; £25, Steve Carr, Mossbay, 430. The £750 rollover was not won so now grows to £875.