CHORLEY boss Matt Jansen is delighted with how his squad is shaping up after the capture of midfielder Josh O'Keefe from Altrincham this week.

The 27-year-old played 31 games for the Robins last season in all competitions, scoring one goal for the Moss Lane outfit as they were relegated from the National League.

Magpies manager Jansen said: “We signed Josh this week and I think it’s as strong a squad as ever had since I’ve been here.

"I’m looking forward to the new season already."

O'Keefe was born in Whalley and started his career at Blackburn Rovers academy before spells at Walsall, Lincoln City, Southport, Hereford United and Kidderminster Harriers. He also has one Under-21 cap for the Republic of Ireland.

He's the second Altrincham player to have signed for the Victory Park club, with defender Scott Leather, 24, agreeing a deal last month.

Chorley have pre-season friendlies lined up against Preston North End on July 9, Wigan on July 20 and Bolton on July 27, before kicking off their league campaign.

And Jansen can't wait to get going, saying: “There are two good clubs who have been promoted in Salford City and Darlington, and three quality clubs who were relegated in Halifax, Altrincham and Kidderminster, so it’s a tough league but we are a strong squad.”

The Magpies will also get the chance to renew old acquaintances with former midfielder Tom Baker as he is currently in charge of Evo-Stik Division One outfit Trafford.

Jansen said: "Tom has had a tough job at Trafford and we have tried to help out.

"We put Jack Dorney on dual-register and that meant he could play for them.

"We have got a good relationship with Tom and it will be good to play against his side."

The Victory Park outfit have extended their season ticket early bird offer until June 10.

Adults can pay £170 and earn a 10% discount instead of shelling out £190.

Concessions (£107) and Under-16s (£45) will pay reduced prices so get in early and contact the club to avoid disappointment.