Jamie Breese is itching to get going in his second spell at Latham Park – and even thinks a top four finish may be achievable for the Robins.
Breese, who progressed through the Robin youth system before leaving after just one season in the first team, ended his five year stay at Caernarfon Town to pen a deal in Mid Wales last month.
He has reflected on his time with the Cofis, where he became a fans favourite, but now is excited for his second crack back in a reds shirt.
He said: ‘I’m looking forward to the new challenge. Chris dropped me a text to see what my plans were this year due to my contract ending.
‘I’ve spoken to Chris a few times over the years but always ended up re-signing with Caernarfon as I enjoyed my time up there.
‘This year was a bit different as I was already thinking about leaving due to the travelling.
‘Believe me it was a very difficult decision to leave. It was just the travelling aspect of it.
‘Leaving work at five to get to Bangor for training and not getting home until 12-12.30 midweek was starting to get to me a little.
‘I loved it up there, it was a special club to be involved with.
‘But I spoke to Chris and I liked what he had to say and how I could fit into his plans. Plus with it being right on my doorstep it was a no brainer.’
Breese was in the first team under Darren Ryan a few years ago, but it never quite worked out in the senior side.
He explained: ‘I was at the club from 15 and progressed through the youths, colts, and reserve teams which were around back then.
‘I had one season in the Welsh Premier when I was 17 or 18 under Darren Ryan which went well.
‘But he left that year and another manager came in. It never really worked out.
‘I wasn’t playing and at that age you just want games so I made the move to Llanidloes to get game time and experience.’
Now the striker, who has been a prolific marksman in the top division for five years, looks likely to lead the line next season and will be joined by an array of quality strike partners.
Breese added: ‘We’ve made a few good signings already which has strengthened the squad.
‘I think the aim has to be top six to begin with. Like I said the squad has strengthened, so pushing into that top four could well be achievable this year.
‘Hopefully with a good pre-season under the belt we can hit the ground running whenever that may be.’