Sean McConville praised the close bond the players had as Stanley romped to the League Two title last season – and hopes for more of the same with the majority of the players still at the club.

Only goalkeeper Aaron Chapman has left with the remaining regular players contracted to the Reds and due to return to pre-season training on Thursday.

“Accrington is a unique club, it’s totally different to other clubs I have been at,” said the winger.

“Players who know nothing about the club, come and have been here three months and then go ‘wow, I have never known this or that before’ and they get used to how we operate and what contributes to our success.

“We have a close knit group bond, that’s not just the players but the staff, the office staff, the supporters and all of us. I think we had a team spirit like no other club in League Two and that was a big reason why we got promoted.”

There won’t be wholesale changes to the squad but McConville is expecting a number of additions, along with Will Wood, who has signed since being released by Southampton.

“People who come into the club have to buy into it otherwise they will be gone by Christmas,” said McConville.

“You have to buy into the ethos of the club and embrace it, both on and off the pitch.

“Anyone who joins us, we will help them settle in and get used to what the manager is like and what we do on a daily basis. At the end of the day we are all in it together and it’s about digging in next season and trying to win football matches.”