WARRINGTON Town’s summer recruitment is underway – and the hunt for new players looks set to continue.

There are already four completely new faces in Mark Beesley’s squad for the new season, three of whom – goalkeeper Tony Thompson and defenders Andy White and Tom Hannigan – have arrived from National League side Altrincham.

Midfielder Oliver Putnam has joined from Witton Albion while forwards Isaac Buckley-Ricketts and Michael Howard join permanently having spent the end of last season with the club on loan and dual registration respectively.

All of the new signings bar Thompson, who has a slight calf issue, played in Yellows’ opening pre-season friendly on Tuesday night – a 1-1 draw at Skelmersdale United in which Buckley-Ricketts was on target.

However, with defender Mitch Duggan due to miss the start of the season through suspension following his red card in the play-off final loss to Scarborough Athletic, Beesley is keen for more additions.

“We need one or two more,” he said.

“Mitch has got a suspension coming up and we could do with a couple more bodies to make sure we’re nice and strong come the start of the season.

“We’re really pleased with the lads we’ve brought in.

“The three from Altrincham will give us that experience and quality – you could see that on tuesday even in 45 minutes each. Tony’s got a little minor injury but he’ll be fine.

“We know all about Isaac and we’ve been working a bit with Mikey since April. Add Olly Putnam to that and you’ve got a hungry group who want to do well.”

The Town squad have been in pre-season training for a fortnight ahead of another campaign in the Northern Premier League Premier Division, which kicks off on August 13 with the fixtures set for release in the coming weeks.

Their preparations take a step up on Saturday as they welcome Football League side Tranmere Rovers to Cantilever Park.

As well as playing in front of their home fans for the first time in nearly three months, Beesley is looking forward to seeing how his players cope out of possession for long periods.

“It’s good to get the first one under our belts. We needed to get a bit of rust and some bad habits out of our system,” he said.

“There was a bit in there that we need to shake out of our legs. Most of the lads got 45 minutes which is what they needed and hopefully, they’ll be better for it.

“We’re very early – it’s still nearly six weeks before the season starts. One or two have only just come back from holiday – Andy White only stepped off a plane yesterday but wanted to play.

“It’s good for the new lads to meet the rest of the boys and just to get going.

“We’ve been happy – it’s gone well so far. The lads have worked hard as you’d expect – they’re a good set of lads and we didn’t expect anything less.

“The hard work will continue. We’ve got a tough game on Saturday which will be something a little bit different.

“We’ll probably be starved of the ball but that’s something we can work on.

“It'll be nice to be at home. The pitch is in really good condition and it’ll be nice to get on the grass.”

Kick off on Saturday is at 3pm.