HARRIERS boss John Pemberton has vowed to give every player in his squad their chance this coming season.

With the exception of Macclesfield Town bound Joe Ironside, Pemberton is expecting all of last season's squad to report back next Thursday in addition to new arrivals Cliff Moyo from Guiseley and former Fulham player Richard Penikett who was previously at Alfreton Town.

Pemberton said: "It's early days. But I will be assessing the squad and see where we need to strengthen, although I do have one or two things in the pipe-line.

"There is a budget available but I'm under no illusions. We will have to be creative with what we've got.

"Firstly, I have to be fair to all the players that we've currently got here and I want to give them the opportunity to show me what they can do - and I really hope they take it.

"However, sometimes things happen that you can't legislate for. What I do know is the fact there's a great deal of hard work to be done and we have to be as professional as possible in everything that we do.

"People don't know me yet - In fact I've still only met a few people who've happened to be down at the ground when I've been there.

"But the support and encouragement that I've been given has been excellent.

"I played in the Premiership for 10 years and have experience working at clubs like Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United and Bristol City.

"This is a completely new challenge but prior to arriving at Harriers I had nine months at Chesterfield, so I know what it takes to get to the next level.

"You never get settled and you always need to know where you're going but in the end I will be judged on what I do."

Pemberton has also been quick to stress he doesn't want to see his assistant Russ Penn operating as a player but added: "It's not something that I could completely rule out, especially if we have injuries.

"It's very difficult to be an assistant and a player at the same time because there's so much to be done.

"I'd prefer Russ to be out watching players rather than resting because he has to play. But you can never say no."

Harriers will have to hit the ground running in pre season as they have friendly fixtures coming up against an Aston Villa XI on Wednesday, July 10 quickly followed by a visit from Bristol Rovers on Saturday, July 13.