Graeme Lee’s side finished the last campaign in fifth place in PL2, a point ahead of the Toon after the decision was taken to void the season.

Lee and his young charges have enjoyed a prolific pre-season with a 7-1 win against Hull City being followed by a 4-2 success against Darlington at Rockliffe last weekend.

Cole Kiernan arrived from Sunderland over the summer to strengthen the ranks, and another ex-Black Cat William Koloko is also available for competitive action after joining the club towards the back end of last season.

Brad James, Zach Hemming, Connor Malley, Ben Liddle, Isaiah Jones and Tyrone O'Neill provide added experience for the opening game of the season after loan spells last season, and Lee’s squad will include a number of young professionals looking to make their mark.