The Ebac Northern League season gets under way on Saturday and Whitley Bay begin with a tough looking game at home to West Auckland Town.
While Whitley have brought in a significant number of new players during the close season, it has been a summer of total change at West Auckland.
There is new management and a completely new squad of players, so predicting the outcome of Saturday’s game is a difficult task.
It will be Peter Watling’s last home game for Whitley before he flies out to take up a new job in Dubai later this month.
The club’s top scorer from last season will play one more game on Tuesday evening, when Whitley travel to Durham City to take on former manager Ian Chandler’s side at New Ferens Park.