HEREFORD manager Paul Caddis has been sleeping at Edgar Street in preparation for the new season - with their first friendly at Hereford Pegasus on Saturday.

The Bulls have signed 12 players with over a month remaining until the new season starts and Caddis says he is ‘fully aware’ that they need to sign some extra defenders.

“I can’t believe the games have started already, I’ve slept in the office a couple of nights and I’ve been down here a lot meeting players,” said Caddis talking to the club’s website.

“Come 3 o’clock and hearing that whistle I’ll know that it’s been well worth it. I still think we’re a good five or six bodies short which we will continue to work hard with.

“We’re working within a certain budget and there are teams we’re finding it difficult to compete with, but that’s the nature of business.

“We’re ticking off names and speaking to people. I’m fully aware we need two or three centre halves. Hopefully we’ll announce one or two in the next week or so.”

Winger Stanley Anaebonam became the latest player to join Hereford this week as Ryan McLean and Aaron Amadi-Holloway confirmed their exits.

Caddis has had the players in pre-season training and is trying to get them to ‘breaking point’ to prepare for the new campaign.

“It’s going to be tough for the next couple of weeks,” added Caddis.

“I’m going to try and get the players to basically breaking point because we’re going to have that at points this season and when we do hit it we’ll be familiar with it.”