Wrexham v Macclesfield, Saturday 3pm
MACCLESFIELD Town assistant manager Steve Watson admits it is tough to choose a starting 11 due to how well a lot of the players have performed during the summer.
The Silkmen get the 2017/18 National League campaign under way on Saturday when they head to the Racecourse Ground to face Wrexham.
Watson is unsure at this stage what the starting line-up will be, and says that is due to the impressive performances the majority of the team have put in over the last few weeks.
“We’ve got a bit of a selection headache! Everybody’s done well,” he told the club’s official website.
“Last season at times we had 13 or 14 players to choose from for our strongest side, but now we’re looking at 18 outfield players all looking good with the trialists.
“I’m pleased it’s John who’s got to make the final decision and not me!”
One player that will be in the running to start that opening league game against Wrexham is Danny Whitaker, with the experienced midfielder set to enter his tenth season in the club following two separate spells.
The 36-year-old is a Moss Rose regular, but a lot of his teammates will be putting on a Macclesfield shirt for the first time during the forthcoming campaign.
While that may be the case, Whitaker has revealed that the squad are all pulling in the right direction.
“We’re all feeling good, we’re all looking sharp in training and we’re taking that into the pre-season games and hopefully we can continue that by bringing it into the Wrexham game,” Whitaker said.
It’s going well. These things take time, especially with such a high turnover of players it takes time to gel, learn each other’s weaknesses and strengths but we’re slowly getting there and it can only get better.”