Matty Pearson believes the start of pre-season training is a clean slate, meaning nobody at the club can be certain of their place.

The versatile Yorkshireman has been a virtual ever present throughout his time with Stanley but is taking nothing for granted as preparations for 17/18 step up.

The squad will return to training before the end of the month and Pearson thinks the battle for a first time place starts immediately.

“Every pre-season your place is up for grabs. That’s how I see it,” he said. “You can’t guarantee to be playing every week so you have to give everything in every pre-season session and game to get yourself into the team.

“I never know where I’m going to end up playing but it’s a good thing for me to be versatile. I think we have other players in similar situations, like Janoi Donacien who can move around, and I think that can only be good for the team.

“You have to keep yourself ticking over in the off season and keep yourself in shape. I’ll certainly be ready and I’m sure everyone else will be ready to start playing football again when we’re back in training.”

With a number of players already in contract for the new campaign and more having had options to stay taken up there will be plenty of familiar faces back at the Wham Stadium this summer.

Pearson feels that can only be good for momentum heading into August and competitive games.

“We got on a great run at the end of last season and everyone played their part in that,” he explained. “We know what everyone in the squad at the moment is about. With the group staying together we have more chance to bond and get stronger and move forward.

“We’ve kept the majority of the squad and we’ve shown what we can do. If the squad stays together and we can add a couple of people I don’t think we’ll be far off.

“Home pre-season games will get new players used to their surroundings and used to us on the pitch. I think that will be a good thing and I’m looking forward to those games.

“I think those of us who have been around a while have a bit of a leadership role to play. Reagan (Ogle) and Zehn (Mohammed) have worked hard to get pro contracts and it’s up to them to go out there and see if they can play regularly in the first team. I’m sure they’re capable of doing that but it’s important that lads like me who are older and more experienced can help them along the way.”