Boss Jansen delighted with the quality in his Chorley squad

Chorley forward Marcus Carver
Chorley forward Marcus Carver

Matt Jansen is not planning to add to his Chorley squad ahead of Saturday’s National League North opener against Nuneaton Town, with the manager delighted with the quality he has.

The Magpies boss has recently signed forwards Marcus Carver and Lewis Guy meaning the club boasts a squad of more than 20 players.

Carver has joined on an initial one-month loan from League 2 outfit Accrington Stanley whilst Guy was unattached after leaving National League North champions Barrow.

The Victory Park outfit have enjoyed an excellent pre-season winning their final three fixtures.

On Saturday, Chorley get down to business as they host Nuneaton, who were relegated from last season’s National League.

With a healthy squad and competition rife, Jansen admits he has no further plans to dip into the transfer market.

“I’m very happy with the squad, it’s a big squad but it has quality,” he said.

“I feel there is like for like in a lot of areas.

“I think there will be disappointment come the first game of the season but that’s understandable.

“I’ve got a good problem but it’s a bad one at the same time, you don’t want to upset people in the squad.

“But it’s a long season and everybody will be used.”

Jansen was in a buoyant mood ahead of Saturday’s opening fixture.

The Chorley boss has already watched Kevin Wilson’s side as he took in their pre-season friendly against Leamington.

Former West Ham United striker Marlon Harewood will be leading the forward line for the Midlands outfit.

“I watched Nuneaton play at the weekend,” he said.

“They play three at the back and then have two wing backs.

“I do believe we have enough to beat them and I just can’t wait to get going on Saturday.”

Last season, Chorley came underfire from a number of fans due to their direct style of play. The Victory Park pitch proved a real problem and impacted Chorley’s style of play.

Over the summer, the pitch has been repaired and the Magpies have looked to keep the ball on the floor.

“I want us to play with freedom throughout the season,” Jansen added.

“I want to get the ball forward and play in the opposition’s half. What I don’t want to do is play a lot of football in our own half.

“I’m happy for the players to express themselves, last year it was very difficult to play football as the pitch was unbearable.”

lOn Thursday, the club is hosting a meet the manager night at the Victory Park

social club.

It starts at 8pm after training with all fans invited.

On Saturday, fans can also open a new Chorley FC Affinity Account to coincide with the newly-sponsored Chorley Building Society stand.

All Under-16s opening an account on the day will get a £5 building society voucher, a Chorley FC scarf and free entry into a mascot package for later in the season.

A race will also be held at half-time between Victory Magpie and the Foxy, the mascot for Chorley Building Society.