THE Bespoke Guardians Swindon Wildcats head coach Aaron Nell says he will start speaking to potential new players on Monday.

Swindon's season ended in disappointing fashion last weekend after a win and defeat to Basingstoke Bison, and Nell already has his sights set on improving next term.

With the window of opportunity opening from Bank Holiday Monday, Nell says he hopes to strengthen his defensive ranks first.

He said: "The reality is that there aren't loads of new players just sitting there to be signed. Our team is going to be similar next season, but there will be a few tweaks.

"From Monday, we can talk to other players in our league - that's something we will be doing. We've got two or three targets that we would like to bring in to improve our squad.

"We'll work with our squad, I think we need to get younger, we need to get faster. With Neil Liddiard retiring and Declan Balmer only being a one-year thing, we have spots in defence that we're looking to improve on. That's the first thing we need to look at."

Reflecting on a season in which the Wildcats won the Autumn Trophy before reaching a plateau in form, the Swindon boss was adamant his players had plenty to be proud of.

Nell said: "We were great in the first half of the season. We were by far the best team. Other teams caught us up in the second half of the season and Telford overtook us.

"The second half was frustrating because we didn't finish the season well. We have to remember how good we were at the start, we had a great cup run and we won a trophy in really tough circumstances going up to Leeds in front of over 2000 people.

"That was special, but it was frustrating how we ended the year. We've got to learn from that and push forward into next season."