REDDITCH United boss Ian King revealed his is working flat out to put together a squad for the coming season.

King confirmed he had a clear deck to work with following the departure of last season's Reds squad.

King has arrived at the Trico Stadium having been in charge of Northampton Town's youth team. He was previously boss of United Counties League side Daventry Town and has also been assistant boss with Leamington under Paul Holleran.

This is the first time he has managed at Step 3 and he confirmed: "I spoke to all the players from last season, the majority of them already had something arranged but I'm hopeful that a handful will still stay.

"But I do have scope to bring in loan players if and when, although I'm resisting that temptation at the moment, but it's nice to know you have that opportunity.

"I haven't signed anyone at the moment, but there is a plan in place and I've verbally agreed terms with a number of players.

"I've no complaints with the budget I've got to work with - but budgets don't win you games, players win you games and I'm not too fussed about what budgets other managers at my level have got either.

"I've already had calls from a number of players who have got in touch with me and things are coming together. But it's certainly not a case where you'll see a different signing everyday."

King has confirmed a 'full card' of friendlies that include games against Leamington, Evesham United, Gresley Rovers, Aston Villa, Mansfield Town, Daventry and Worcester City.

As a result, King will be commencing pre-season from Saturday June 22 and added:"They'll be a great deal of hard work going in before the season starts."