The moment of truth is approaching as Chesterfield FC kick off their League One campaign on Saturday at Tranmere Rovers.
And Blues boss John Sheridan is confident his team can do well at Prenton Park.
The Spireites chief, who appears to have decided on which 11 men he will take to the field on the Wirral, said: “The starting line-up will be what it is. I know what side I will play and I am confident we can get a result.’’
Sheridan has made it his aim to boost the team’s fire power before the big kick-off but has cautioned forbearance.
The B2net manager said: “I am trying to bring players in and it may happen before the Tranmere. I need three or four.’’
He added that he had to be ‘patient’ and that he is ‘comfortable’ if he has to start the League One campaign without any additions. He only wants to bring in players who he believes will improve the team.
One player Sheridan has been casting his eye over is wide player Rohan Rickets.
The former Spurs, Wolves and Barnsley man, who has started both of Chesterfield’s home pre-season friendlies in the coveted No 9 shirt vacated by last season’s top scorer Craig Davies, is keen for a contract.
After the Hull clash, when Rickets, 28, played for the game’s first 56 minutes, Sheridan said he intended to speak to the player and explain what his decision was, but this week his trial has continued.
One place that has been filled is that of a second goalkeeper.
Former Oldham man Greg Fleming, does not want to be seen as understudy to the popular Tommy Lee who has collected the fans’ player of the year laurels for the last two seasons. Fleming, 24, was Mark Crossley back-up at Oldham and he hopes he can push Lee for a place in the starting line-up.
He said: “I know the management team from my time at Oldham and Mark got in touch with me. I hope to be challenging Tommy. Competition brings out the best in footballers. I will support him and I hope he will support me.’’
Fleming has also played for Galway United, his home-town club Dunfirmline Athletic and Gretna during their ill-fated season in the Scottish Premier League.
Fleming played in the 6-1 victory over Nottingham side Dunkirk - in which first-year professional Jordan Burrow scored a hat-trick - and he came on against Hull for the final 12 minutes when his first touch was a great save to keep out a snap shot from James Harper.
After the 2-0 result against Hull, Sheridan acknowledged there was work to do this week as he was not happy with the display given by his players.
He said: “We have had Tranmere watched. If they had seen the performance against Hull, they would not be able to wait to play us. We could have played a lot better against Hull. I’m not happy with the performance. I hope it is a learning curve for some of the players. They never got going. Hull wanted to win more than us. We have to learn from how they played, how they moved the ball and looked after possession.”
On Tuesday, Chesterfield travel to Rochdale, for a first round match in the Carling Cup. True Blue Travel coaches leave the B2net at 5pm.