Andy Holt has promised exciting signings for Accrington Stanley as they look to go one better than last season and secure promotion to League One.

The Reds owner admits it has been hard with first team regulars like Josh Windass, Matt Crooks,  Piero Mingoia and Ross Etheridge moving on this summer.

Stanley’s longest serving player Dean Winnard has also switched clubs to Morecambe.

However, Holt has spoken to manager John Coleman, who is currently on holiday, and they are in talks with a number of talented players who they hope will come to Stanley for the 2016/17 season.

These will be added to Seamus Conneely, Sean McConville, Matty Pearson and Billy Kee who signed up last season with Mark Hughes signing a new deal this week.

“I have had a good chat with John and we have a number of targets in mind and we are confident,” said Mr Holt.

“We obviously need a goalkeeper and hopefully a deal will be done next week with a keeper and John and Jimmy (Bell) have been in talks with players and agents and I have met up with a couple of players and their agents.

“It does take time but we are all positive.

“The big difference this season is that we are offering longer contracts. Historically, every year,  the manager at Accrington has had to rebuild a squad as, under previous regimes, the club hasn’t been able to offer longer-term deals due to the finances or they couldn’t afford to take the risk on long contracts.

“Now, we will be offering longer deals, or one-year deals with options for the club, so that the management doesn’t have to rebuild every year.

“John commented that usually every summer there is no light at the end of the tunnel but, with having a core of players signed up this summer, there is a chink of light.

“This time next year there will hopefully be plenty of light as we will have more players signed up so the manager does not have to start from scratch every summer.

“There is a lot going on behind the scenes and we expect to be making plenty of announcements over the next month or so.”