COLWYN Bay assistant Craig Hogg is eager to get back to competitive action following a turbulent summer at the club.

The Seagulls kick-off their Evo-Stik League campaign on Saturday when they welcome Kendal Town to the Four Crosses Construction Arena (3pm), and Hogg admits his side are “going into the unknown” after their summer plans were significantly de-railed following the shock resignation of chairman Dave Titchiner due to ongoing health concerns.

Hogg, said: “We are stepping into the unknown a little bit as the league has been restructured. There are teams we will know much about and others who we will have to quickly get up to speed on.

“For a number of reasons this pre-season has probably been the most challenging one I’ve experienced since I started coaching eight years ago.

“We’ve had a mini squad rebuild in the last two weeks with players coming in and leaving for varying reasons. Although the timing of that hasn’t been great, we’ve got on with the task in hand and added to the squad.

“On the whole our performances have been encouraging in the friendlies we’ve had and the hope now is that we carry that with us into the coming games.

“We’ve worked very hard and the players have bought into what we’ve are trying to do here quite well - the hope is that we see this in action during the coming season.”

Manager Alan Morgan has strengthened this week with the signings of talented young trio Olly Marx, Blake Robinson and Callum Hassan, and they concluded their pre-season fixtures on Saturday with a 3-2 defeat to Wigan Athletic’s U23 side.

“Our target this season will be the same as always - to win as many games as we can, score lots of goals and conceded the least amount possible. If we can meet those objectives then we should have decent season,” added Hogg.

“We will have our work cut out and have to be at our very best to get anything from the game, but we are looking forward to the encounter and can’t wait to finally get going.”