COLWYN Bay FC were put through their paces as they returned to pre-season training this weekend.

The Seagulls’ squad congregated at the impressive indoor facility at Parc Eirias to open their six-week programme as preparations for a return to the Welsh domestic system gather pace.

Goalkeeper Andy Coughlin was the only absentee due to a previously booked holiday, but the talented stopper is believed to have fully recovered from a broken arm suffered in Bay’s final league outing at Leek Town last season.

Assistant manager Mark Orme, said: "It was a really good session with excellent numbers. Everybody looks as though they have looked after themselves during the summer and fitness levels are very good.

"We've put a lot of time and effort into want we wanted to get through today and I think we achieved everything we wanted to in the session and the lads were excellent.

"We'll be training Tuesday and Thursday and then back here again next Saturday and before we know it, we are into the pre-season games so it a busy schedule.

"Hoggy (Craig Hogg) and Covs (Neil Coverley) have done a lot of work to get the players we wanted in early and that is important so we can start to mix and gel in plenty of time to start of the new season."

It has been a busy summer of recruitment for the management team as their prepare for life in the FAW Northern Championship, with a host of new faces arriving at the club and influential squad members such as captain Tom McCready agreeing to stay on and boost their transition.

They will take the field for the first time on July 3 with a trip to North West Counties side Runcorn Town.

"I can't wait. All the new lads took part and the squad looks to have real quality in it," added McCready.

"It’s a new challenge playing in the Welsh system, although I have played a few games in the Welsh Premier when I was on loan to Airbus.

“The coaching team and everything like that remains much the same and the attitude is the same as always that we go out and give it our best in every game.”