The Redcar boss offers his thoughts ahead of our pre-season opener.

Redcar Athletic begin their gruelling pre-season tour on Friday evening, and First Team boss Carl Jarrett is more than excited for the long-awaited return.

Over two months since the last outing, Jarrett admitted he was keen to see his new squad put to the test for the first time, thrilled too for it to be against near-neighbours, Redcar Town.

From early pre-season preparations, to summer recruitment, much has happened since a bitter final day defeat to Bishop Auckland, with the First Team boss right at the heart of it.

Back at the helm for his first full season at Green Lane, Carl Jarrett confessed he was excited to let matters get underway, both in pre-season, and the looming start of the Northern League.

“I’m really looking forward to it!” He quipped.

“Our new squad, the management team, I’m looking forward to seeing what it’s all going to be like in the first game.”

Despite the thrill of a footballing return, Jarrett told of the need to share valuable minutes across his roster, the boss keen to posses a settled side by the visit of Kendal Town.

“Pre-season is always one of those frustrating times,” he said, “but it’s always nice to start playing the games as well.”

“The lads have had a few good sessions leading up to the game. They’ve done really well. The attitude has been brilliant.

“They all look up for it this season, and that’s good for my side of things!

“The recruitment has been brilliant. The club have backed me, and let me just go and sort of the squad that I wanted and needed to sort out.

“It’s going to be a long season, and this is just going to be the start against Redcar Town.”

Forever a highly-anticipated match-up – aptly dubbed El Pacitto – the Redcar derby adds a little extra spice to both sides’ pre-season openers, more on the line than just time on the grass.

Astutely aware of the importance of the fixture, Carl Jarrett expressed his hopes for a big following, but proved quick to remind fans of the over-arching need to build match fitness.

The First Team boss added: “It’s really good to be playing our neighbours!”

“Hopefully there will be a bumper crowd there, even though it’s a friendly.

“More importantly, it’s just going to be a good run out. It’s going to be on and off, on and off, on and off, you know. Giving the lads a couple of runs out. Testing them. Seeing what they’re about.

“We’ll have a couple of trialists playing too, so I’m really looking forward to it.”

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