It feels like an eternity since the last game of the season when we were all on tenterhooks to see if we survived in the Championship.

We’ve had a great World Cup to keep us occupied for a couple of weeks, then the Commonwealth Games - but now it’s the real deal and the football season is about to start.

I wasn’t feeling too excited about our prospects until a couple of days ago, as the season seemed so far off, but now I’m starting to get a bit excited.

We’ve remained unbeaten in our pre-season friendlies, I know that doesn’t mean much but it’s something I suppose.

Now we have Leeds at home, which is a cracking opener for us, and we will hopefully get the season off to a flying start with the lads full of confidence.

We have five new signings, which includes three strikers and two defenders.

Left-back Matt Briggs came through the youth system before being released this summer by Fulham, while central defender Byron Webster arrives from Yeovil.

Up front coming in are Magaye Gueye from Everton, Ricardo Fuller from Blackpool and Lee Gregory from Halifax.

David Forde, Lee Martin, Carlos Edwards and Jermaine Easter have all signed new contracts too, so things are not looking too bad for us at the moment.

Ollie seems to have a plan and an idea of what he wants from the team.

So far they are responding to it well.

I just hope they keep responding to it and we get the wins we need to boost confidence and belief from the fans again.

Shane Lowry has left and gone to Leyton Orient, Liam Feeney and Liam Trotter have both gone to Bolton and our captain marvellous Paul Robinson is going on loan to Portsmouth.

I really hope it is not the last we see if him.

Neil Harris and Scott Fitzgerald are working wonders with the youth team and the kids are going from strength to strength, so hopefully we’ll have plenty coming through the ranks in the next few years.

As for the first team, now it’s a case of just wait and see what happens in our opening games.

Filling The Den will help no end because we all know the special atmosphere that always creates.

In fact, it could well mean the difference between three points or none so let's make sure we turn up in numbers for every game.

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