Lancaster skipper can’t wait for start of pre-season

Danny Gregson with Lancaster City captain Neil Marshall.

Danny Gregson with Lancaster City captain Neil Marshall.

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Lancaster City’s captain is the most excited he’s ever been about returning for pre-season training.

The Dolly Blues’ work ahead of the new season begins on Thursday night as new head coach Darren Peacock looks to make his mark on the team.

And skipper Neil Marshall said the players have been eager to return after Peacock only had a brief taste of life as City boss in the final game of last season at Salford.

Marshall said: “I can’t wait for it to be honest.

“I’ve met him (Peacock) a few times over the last few weeks and it’s got to a point where I just want to get back and get on with it.

“He’s going to be bringing new ideas and everybody’s got a clean slate and a chance to impress.”

City were dealt a blow in their build up to the new season with the confirmation last year’s player of the year Danny Gregson and striker Darren Green were joining Evo-Stik First Division North rivals Northwich Victoria.

Marshall admitted he was disappointed to see his central defensive partner Gregson leave.

He said: “I’m a bit gutted he’s gone.

“We had a good understanding and with Darren Peacock’s experience I’m sure we could have worked on a few things.

“If he’d moved to a higher level then I could have understood it a bit more.

“But I wish him all the best and that’s football.

“Every season players are going to go whether it be for money or to play at a higher level.

“I’ve been here seven seasons and it’s nothing new.

“We’ve got some good players and there’s some new faces coming down so hopefully we can push for the play-offs.

“I’ve got a good feeling about it.”

Early indications suggest the likes of Darlington and Vics will be up near the top of the league but Marshall isn’t writing anything off.

He said: “They way things are looking Darlington will be up there, Vics are spending a bit of money and even Kendal have signed Connie (ex-Lancaster City striker Jordan Connerton) and Cowps (ex-Morecambe defender Niall Cowperthwaite).

“But you can’t go into a season just looking at second place.

“You’ve got to aim as high as you can.”

The Dolly Blues have announced that admission and season ticket prices will be frozen for a fifth consecutive year.

Pay on the gate admission prices are adults £7, OAPS £5, under 16s £1 with under 12s and Armed Forces free.

An adult season ticket is £130 with a concession £90.