A rebuilding programme began in May of last year with swift changes to the club’s foundations as several players and backroom staff were moved on.
Paul Cook’s blueprint for success saw young, hungry players brought in alongside experienced professionals like Ian Evatt, Jimmy Ryan and Gary Roberts.
Leam Richardson, his assistant at Accrington Stanley, answered the call once more as they went about sculpting a side fit for a rigorous campaign.
An encouraging pre-season against neighbouring clubs from higher leagues served only to raise expectations further that this could be the season.
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