Selby TOWN start a new era against Maltby Main at Flaxley Road tomorrow.

The Robins were hit last term by a cash crisis and the departure of long-term manager Bob Lyon in an NCEL premier division season they couldn’t wait to forget.

New manager Mick Gray has taken charge and brought in a clutch of players from his former club Armthorpe Welfare, including winger Paul Ashton, Liam Davies and Jammal Shahin.

Midfielder Shahin, 21, played five times for Grimsby Town last season but was released when the Mariners were relegated to the Blue Square Bet Premier.

Gray has retained eight of last season’s Selby side with the influential Tom Matthews also returning from a brief period at Tadcaster Albion.

And the new Selby boss is optimistic about the campaign ahead.

“We got the lads back early for pre-season training,” he said. “What has happened in the past is in the past. I am looking forward to the challenge.

“I think we have probably put a half decent side together. Obviously we have been restricted by what we can pay these players.

“We have got the FA Cup and Vase early on and there’s pressure to do well in these competitions because they fetch in revenue.”