Manager Ian Evatt believes teams in the National League sense that next season's race for promotion is an open one, hence why so many have been getting their summer business done early.

The Bluebirds have made four summer signings so far and two more new faces are set to arrive before pre-season training gets under way at the start of July.

With neither of the teams to have come down from the Football League, Notts County and Yeovil Town, looking financially secure, there are several teams who believe they have a realistic shot of challenging near the top.

Evatt is well aware, however, that the Bluebirds will be competing against teams with much bigger budgets than their own.

He said: "You've seen with other clubs, Fylde are doing a hell of a lot of business at the moment and spending a lot of money.

"I think Solihull have spent big money on bringing [Paul] McCallum in, Bromley have recruited a lot and people are doing their work earlier this season because I think everybody feels that there's a chance, there's an opportunity to really push on this season.

"I feel the same way. I feel the work that the volunteers and everyone else have been doing at the stadium is fantastic. I'm really looking forward to seeing what has been done.

"Season ticket sales are going well, the kit's looking great and we need to carry on this momentum into the season."