SWINDON Supermarine manager Lee Spalding is more than happy with his squad as they continue to build towards the start of the new Southern League Premier campaign.

Marine returned to the Webbswood Stadium for their first pre-season training session of the year last Wednesday and Spalding was pleased with what he saw from his troops.

With roughly 25 players taking part, Spalding says he may have too many players as he looks to trim that number to around 20 before the first game of the season.

Striker Adam Mann was due to feature for the South Marston club next season after verbally agreeing a deal, however, he has since decided to pledge his future to National League South side Bath City.

Spalding said: “The first session went well. We had a decent turnout and I’m pleased with how everyone applied themselves.

“Now we are planning for the season. We are looking at the friendlies and making sure that people are fit enough.

“We have 25 players and that will have to be cut to the 20 mark. It’s down to the players to perform in pre-season and show what they can do to get a place in the squad.

“Adam had verbally agreed to sign with us, but it was only verbal. Then the opportunity to play in National League South with Bath came up.

“He said he wanted to play as high as he could, which is fair enough, so that is about it.

“He’s a good player, but we have other good players at the club. I’m more than happy with the squad we’ve got.”

This pre-season programme marks the first headed by Spalding following his appointment as manager on a full-time basis.

While admitting it is different to what he is used to, Spalding has no trouble with the added responsibility having formerly served as assistant manager to Dave Webb.

“It’s a bit different, there is a lot more responsibility. You’re doing the planning and dealing with the players, which is something I have never had to do before,” said Spalding.

“I was involved before but never in charge of it, although the training side of things is not any different to me as I was always doing that.

“There is just more responsibility. I’m overseeing the whole thing to make sure that it runs smoothly and that there is a clear plan to what we are doing.”