Tigers manager Mark Shaw says the return of Connor Higginson has provided a fresh impetus to the Worksop Town squad.
Striker Higginson is back at Sandy Lane after a short spell at Conference North outfit Gainsborough Trinity.
The striker, who hit 11 goals in 42 appearances for Town in the Evo-Stik Premier Division last season, made a goalscoring start to his second spell in the 2-0 win over Handsworth Parramore last Saturday.
However, Shaw says Higginson and some of the surviving squad members from last season are fuelled by a desire to return to the level they were at before the summer upheaval.
He said: “I think a lot of players have got last season’s blues still hanging over them.
“Connor obviously signed for Gainsborough, with hopes of doing well in the Conference North.
“That didn’t quite happen but to have him back at the club is a big plus for us.
“He’s a good player and he’s very motivated in what he wants to do.
“I think a lot of the supporters are happy to see him back in the side also, because he was a fans’ favourite last year.”
Earlier this week Shaw completed the signing of midfielder McCauley Shillito from Stocksbridge Park Steels.
The Tigers chief says that the 19-year-old fits the bill in terms of the kind of players he is looking to bring in.
Shaw added: “McCauley was at Frickley last year and was at Barnsley as a first year professional.
“When we look at bringing players in, we look at what they’ve done very recently.
“That’s with regards to having been at a professional club or a club with similar make-up.
“He certainly fits in that mould
“He’s probably not fully match-fit just yet and he’ll probably agree with that.
“But he’s a very good footballer.
“We want good players who fit in to what we’ve already got and that are going to help us improve our squad.”