HEREFORD United fans are gearing themselves up for a wave of signings when the transfer window re-opens on Sunday.

With contracts running to June 30, there has been little incentive for players to make known their commitment to an existing, or new, club. But that will all change on July 1.

Strongly linked with the Bulls are the former Bournemouth duo of Karl Broadhurst and Marcus Browning.

Broadhurst, a 27-year-old centre-back and former skipper of the side, was a regular performer in the heart of the Cherries' defence in League 1 last season, starting 28 games after putting an injury-hit spell behind him.

He made more than 200 first-team appearances for the South Coast club.

Bulls supporters with long memories may recall Browning, who is now 36, spending a loan spell with the club back in 1992.

Then, he was a young striker struggling to get a regular place even in the Bristol Rovers reserves side but his month at Edgar Street really kick-started his career.

After scoring five goals in seven league matches during his month at Edgar Street, he returned to Rovers where he quickly established himself in their first-team, but converting to become a midfield player.

A £500,000 transfer to Huddersfield followed and a handful of international appearances for Wales before he moved on to Gillingham.

Browning has been at Bournemouth since 2002 and he, too, made more than 200 appearances for the Cherries.

Meanwhile, with Rob Purdie departing and striker Andy Williams apparently set to move to Division 1 side Bristol Rovers, there has been some good news from one of last season's out-of-contract players with young midfielder Sam Gwynne penning a new deal at Edgar Street.

Two United fixtures for the coming season have been amended with the visit to Chester taking place on Friday, October 12 and Shrewsbury coming to Edgar Street on Sunday, January 13 rather than the respective Saturdays of those two weekends.

Ticket prices for United's Carling Cup first round tie with Yeovil Town on Tuesday, August 14 have been fixed at Hereford's standard admission charges at the Somerset club's request.

Stand tickets will cost £15 with OAPs paying £12 and children £7 with the respective terrace prices fixed at £13, £9 and £6.

Off the field there has been a welcome influx of funds with season ticket sales improving and an excellent response for sales of advertising boards.

"Season ticket sales have picked up this week but the response for advertising boards has been absolutely amazing," said club secretary and director Joan Fennessy.