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SCOTT BURTON says that he and the squad “can’t wait” for Saturday’s season opener against Darlington at Moor Lane.

Having been together for just over four weeks now, and having played seven matches already in pre-season, Burton says that the team feel ready to start competing in the league:

“The boys can’t wait to get back now.

“It’s been a good four weeks of training, and it’s going to be a big week this week so everyone’s looking forward to starting now.

“In the last few games against Hampton, who are at our level, Blackpool, Bury, I think we’ve shown we can mix it against them and we’re happy with it.”

There have been no fewer than 14 new arrivals at Moor Lane during the close season, but despite so many new faces it hasn’t come across in pre-season games.

“I think every one of the new lads has settled in well.

“Like Bern and Jonno have said, there are six or seven leaders here now, captains from other club, and I think going into the season we’re looking really good.”

It is undeniably a tough start for The Ammies though with games against Chorley, Stockport and Kidderminster looming in the first five fixtures after Darlington on Saturday. A good start remains something the team are hoping for though, and there are few bigger fixtures to start with than Darlington, which Burton is familiar with.

“A few of the lads have been saying that if we win our first five games then we’re in with a good shout at winning the league because the fixtures are that tough, and I think if we can win four of them that will stand us in good stead.

“But having Darlington as a first game is massive.

“We’ve taken a bit of stick off them over the last few years, coming up together, and they’re a massive club while we are getting bigger, so we always look forward to playing them.

“They’re going to come wanting to put things right after we beat them 5-1 on the last day last season, but obviously we’ve got a new squad now although we’d like to carry on where we left off.

“Obviously I missed that game through injury so I’m personally looking forward to getting back going.”

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