Whitby Town are encouraging any local footballers wanting to play for the club to attend an open trial on Saturday.
The opportunity to earn a place in boss Chris Hardy’s squad for the 2016/17 season will take place at Northfield School in Billingham from 3pm until 5pm.
And the Blues are hopeful that players from the town will come and showcase their talents as they bid to improve their links with the local community.
“The majority of the players at the club are currently from the Teesside area, and I think that traditionally that has tended to be the case,” assistant-manager Lee Bullock said.
“The last first team regular was Matty Brown, until he moved away for work, and more recently Benn Sullivan was involved, but we are keen to give lads from Whitby a chance.
“I do appreciate that Billingham is a bit out of the way and it’s a trek from Whitby, but I’m of the opinion that it is a small sacrifice to make for a great opportunity to impress us.
“Anyone who catches the eye will be invited to attend pre-season training and will be given a chance to show us that they’re good enough.”
Town are determined that they will give any players from the town who are good time to prove themselves to the management team.
“Both Chris [Hardy] and myself are keen to get more local players involved, but realistically this is the first chance we have had to have a look at the situation since Chris took over at the club,” Bullock added.
“When he came in we were in trouble and right in the middle of a relegation battle.
“It just wasn’t the right time to be looking at blooding lads whose ability we were unsure of.
“With limited time to work with the players on the training field, we couldn’t really dedicate the time to inviting lads along to have a look at them.
“But this open trial is the perfect opportunity to do just that.
“There is no reason why lads from Whitby can’t play for Whitby Town, if they’re good enough and prepared to make the commitment and do what is asked of them.”