TURN up for training or you don't get selected.

That is the blunt message from recently appointed Furness Rovers boss Josh Jones as he looks to instal a new era of fitness and discipline at the club.

"We've got 107 players registered but there have been only 13 or 14 players turning up for training so it's obvious there's a problem in commitment," said Jones.

He said he had made his feelings known in no uncertain terms to the squad, and was pleased to report that after that dressing down, attendance at training has risen.

"We've laid down the law and in the two weeks I've been in charge, number coming to training have gone up to around the 30 mark," said the Rovers boss.

And Jones has already proved that he practices what he preaches with regards to leaving out non-attendees as he named a much changed side for last Saturday's home West Lancashire League Division Two clash against Burscough Dynamo.

The rejigged line up slipped to a 4-1 defeat, but Jones is optimistic the rewards of a more intense training regime and an increased level of discipline will bear fruit.

Jones said the whole training regime has been revamped to a much more intense level, with former boss Walter Bowes being drafted in to assist with the new programme.

And he is hopeful the hard work will pay off when Rovers, who slipped to fourth spot after that reverse, host mid-table Kendal United on Saturday, 2pm ko.

The visitors were expected to be among the front runners but have produced some indifferent form this term, winning just once on the road this season.

Rovers have a great chance to reignite their promotion push, but they must try to do so without key man Liam Shields.

The influential midfield ace will be sidelined after picking up an unfortunate injury in an accidental collision during last week's game, but Jones has no other major concerns in what is his side's penultimate game before the Christmas break.

That festive lay-off is a long one this year, but Jones said there will be no let up for his squad as he seeks to revitalise them for the second half of the campaign.

"We'll be looking at keeping up fitness levels and we'll also be doing some boxing training," he said.

"I'm a boxer myself and we hope it will help raise fitness levels."