"I think our aim for the season has to be to finish in the top seven and be looking to get out of this league and into the next"
Town boss Russell Slade is busy preparing for the forthcoming campaign and says that he wants to see his side push on after finishing a comfortable mid-table last season.
He said: "I have to say, it feels great to be back in charge of the club and I’m feeling excited ahead of the coming League Two campaign.
"I know that it’s been a tough few years for everyone involved with the football club, after so long in the National League. But we’ve achieved stability in League Two and now, together, we need to move forward.
"The summertime is usually a time for change and transition within football; and at Grimsby Town it’s no different. We’ve made some tough decisions in terms of personnel; but we have now stated to bring in some new faces, and you will see a few more in the coming weeks.
"Naturally, there’s lots of work still to be done, but we’ve already made progress on some targets, which I’m really pleased about.
"At the moment the players are enjoying some much deserved time off but soon they’ll be reporting back for pre-season training. Obviously rest is important, but Wilko and I have given them a closed-season programme to do, so they come back on the first day in good shape and ready to hit the ground running.
"The six-weeks you get during pre-season are really precious. As well as the usual fitness work and drills, we’ve organised for the squad to visit the West Country for four days around the two fixtures which have been arranged.
"That time will be important in terms of the players getting to know each other.
"When you’re living with each other at close quarters, you get to know each other very quickly.
"This sort of team bonding exercise is very important and will help us knit as a group.
"I’m really excited about the coming season, and I think you, the supporters, should be as well. Already I think we’ve shown signs of becoming strong at home. Next we’ll be looking to learn how to go away from home and eek out some results – that’ll give us a good chance of progressing and moving forward.
"Obviously it’s important for the club, as a whole, to progress, and we want to build on what was achieved last season. I think our aim for the season has to be to finish in the top seven and be looking to get out of this league and into the next – anything less than that would be, if I’m honest, disappointing."